TPS Delegation Report Launched in Anticipation of Hearing in Federal Court

CIVIL RIGHTS AND IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS GROUPS ARGUE TPS CASE AND RELEASE LANDMARK REPORT ON HONDURAS AND EL SALVADOR

PRESS CONFERENCE IMMEDIATELY AFTER FEDERAL COURT HEARING IN BOSTON

WHAT: A federal court hearing in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Trump Administration’s cancellation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a decades-old, life-saving humanitarian immigration relief program provided to Hondurans, Salvadorans, and Haitians living in the United States. Civil rights and immigrant advocates will argue against the federal government’s decision to abruptly cancel these long-standing TPS programs.

In anticipation of this federal court hearing, civil rights and immigrants’ rights groups are releasing a groundbreaking report describing the harsh in-country conditions that families and children with TPS would confront if they are forcibly deported to Honduras or El Salvador.

This report, titled “Tantamount To A Death Sentence: Deported TPS Recipients Will Experience Extreme Violence and Poverty in Honduras and El Salvador,” is the product of a week-long fact-finding mission observing and documenting conditions in TPS countries in Central America.

WHO: Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, Centro Presente, Haitian-Americans United (HAU), Alianza Americas and Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

WHEN:  Thursday, July 12 at 2 PM

WHERE:  Courtroom 11,  Moakley Courthouse,  1 Courthouse Way, Boston, MA 02210

CONTACT:  Iván Espinoza-Madrigal at iespinoza@lawyerscom.org

The press conference will be held immediately after the court hearing in front of the Moakley Courthouse in Boston.

The press conference will feature TPS holders, community organizations and legal experts leading the defense of TPS, including Pastor Dieufort Fleurissaint (leader of Haitian-Americans United), Patricia Montes (leader of Centro Presente), Yesy Patricia Carbajal (courageous single mother with TPS), and their attorneys.

COMMENTS FROM TPS DELEGATION IN RESPONSE TO NEW REPORT:

“Advocates for immigrants’ rights who have not traveled to the region understand only a small fraction of the complex dynamics currently at play. The region has an alarming number of internally displaced persons due to violence. You cannot fully grasp the human cost of forced migration until you see and experience the conditions that people are fleeing,” said Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, the Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee and a leader of the TPS delegation to Honduras and El Salvador.

“No one should be deported to torture or rape,” said Patricia Montes, the Executive Director of Centro Presente and a leader of the TPS delegation to Honduras and El Salvador. “This important document corroborates what immigrants have long reported to be their day-to-day realities in their home countries: extreme violence, particularly against women. Groups advocating for women’s rights should pay close attention to the harrowing facts and figures included in this report.”

“The level of unchecked violence, deep-seated impunity, and cyclical poverty in the region makes it clear that anyone being forcibly sent back to these countries would face imminent harm,” said Oscar Chacon, the Executive Director of Alianza Americas and a leader of the TPS delegation to Honduras and El Salvador.

“El Salvador and Honduras cannot safely provide for people already there, let alone receive a flood of thousands of returning immigrants. This makes it all the more critical that we work toward preserving and expanding humanitarian protections rather than dismantling life-saving programs like TPS,” said Oren Nimni, an attorney with the Lawyers’ Committee defending TPS. “We stand ready to fight in court to protect families with TPS and their U.S. Citizen children,” added Attorney Nimni.

The groundbreaking report launched today is available herehttp://lawyerscom.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/TPSDelegationReport.pdf

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