More than a quarter million undocumented immigrants are said to be eligible for temporary protection as the Obama administration conducts deportation raids.
"Relief Not Raids"
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (IRLC) released a report, titled "Relief Not Raids," stating that more than 750,000 immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras would likely receive Temporary Status Protection (TPS), which may provide immigrants with employment authorization and brief deferred action from deportation if they cannot safely arrive to their home countries.
The report comes as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson confirmed the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency performed raids on immigrant individuals and family during the weekend following New Years.
"Immigration raids are a grossly inappropriate and ineffective response to a genuine humanitarian crisis," said IRLC Immigration Policy Attorney Jose Magaña-Salgado in a statement, who also authored the report. "Instead, President Obama must exercise his legal authority to expand Temporary Protected Status to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras as individuals from those countries simply cannot safely return to their homes. To do otherwise would be to continue sending Central American refugees to their deaths."Read the rest of the story HERE.
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