They request for the first time TPS for Mexicans

Efforts to extend temporary immigration relief to Salvadorans, Hondurans, or Nicaraguans in the United States are common and have been going on for years, but what hasn’t been heard until now is a fight to achieve temporary immigration status, known as TPS, for Mexican immigrants.

“This is the first campaign to do that,” said José Magaña-Salgado, a Mexican in Washington City who founded an immigration consultancy and now runs the # TPS4Mexico campaign.

More than 125 immigrant defense organizations are part of the initiative and have published a letter that they sent to US President Joe Biden and Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas requesting TPS for the estimated 4.9 million Mexicans live without authorization in the United States.

Magaña-Salgado said that the new Biden administration might be open to the idea and that now is the time to ask for it due to the rise of COVID-19 in Mexico.

“This is one of the things that the Biden administration can do to fulfill its promise to protect immigrants and reverse the excesses made by the (Donald) Trump administration,” said the Mexican, who is covered by an immigration relief program. for youth known as DACA.

Organizations such as the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) and the Hispanic Federation said in a letter that it will take time to eliminate the heavy-handed immigration policies imposed by former President Trump, so immigration relief for Mexicans who cannot return to Mexico should be approved for now. your home country in safe conditions due to the pandemic.

The TPS, they said, would be a first step toward a permanent solution, such as an immigration reform that several Democratic politicians presented in the US Congress on Thursday.

TPS has been granted by the United States for decades to citizens of various countries that were affected by natural disasters or civil wars. The beneficiaries of the program manage to obtain a work permit and the temporary suspension of their deportation.

The nearly five million Mexicans living without authorization in the United States represent half of all unauthorized migrants living in the country.

Magaña-Salgado admitted that granting immigration status to almost five million people is a large request and that the request obviously represents a challenge. Still, there are chances of doing it, he said.

“The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security has wide discretion to designate countries with a large population in the United States as beneficiaries of TPS since there are no numerical limitations to grant it and Congress has declared that an ‘epidemic’ is an acceptable occurrence. to obtain the designation, ”48 academics, lawyers and experts recently wrote in another letter made public that was sent to Biden and in which relief was requested for Mexicans.

There are currently ten countries designated for TPS: Syria, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Nicaragua, Nepal, Honduras, Haiti, El Salvador, and Yemen. The program protects a total of about 400,000 people.

Hours before leaving the White House in January, Trump ordered an 18-month suspension of deportations of Venezuelans who fled their country and did not obtain political asylum or legal status in the United States. The measure, according to some activists, would benefit some 200,000 Venezuelans.