“Temporary protected status is too important for us to let our federal government walk away from its commitment to our families,” Massachusetts state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry (pictured above) said at a rally outside the Massachusetts State House at midday yesterday.
The event, organized by the Latin American immigrant advocacy organization Centro Presente of East Boston, was in opposition to plans announced by the Trump Administration on Monday to end temporary protected status for Nicaraguans in the United States as of Jan. 5, 2015.
Between 150 and 200 people attended the rally on the State House steps in Boston. Politicians and activists spoke.
Some “7,800 Massachusetts residents from El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti benefiting from Temporary Protected Status, a designation that temporarily lets residents of certain countries remain in the U.S. because conditions in their homeland are too dangerous to return. These Massachusetts beneficiaries have 5,300 American-born children. Countries can gain TPS status due to an armed conflict, environmental disaster, epidemic or other temporary condition,” Mass Live has reported.