Trump administration’s decision to end Salvadoran TPS takes aim at 192,000 children

TPS El Salvador

Today, the Trump administration chose not to continue Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nearly 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants. Many people with TPS from El Salvador have been in the United States for nearly 20 years.

In early 2001, El Salvador was struck by a series of severe earthquakes. An estimated 195,000 Salvadorans now live in the United States, many of whom fled for their lives during that period of deadly natural disasters.

Trump’s decision to let Salvadoran TPS lapse means that the economy will take a hit from losing nearly 200,000 people who work hard every day in communities across the country. It makes it that much harder for thousands of families to provide for their children.

And Trump’s decision to end Salvadoran TPS means that 192,000 U.S.-citizen children now have to face the reality that their parents might be forced to leave them.

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Nominee for Assistant Secretary for the Office for Civil Rights Refuses to Protect Civil Rights

Whether Kenneth Marcus knows it or not, the position he would take on must enforce all civil rights protections and advocate for kids and families no matter their immigration status.

By Rebeca Shackleford, Education Policy Analyst, UnidosUS

Kenneth Marcus

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Next week, the Senate will vote to confirm the next assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education. The high-level position focuses on protecting each child’s civil rights in our nation’s public schools.

But during his nomination hearing on Tuesday, nominee Kenneth Marcus wouldn’t commit to protecting undocumented children.

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‘We Will Not Stand for More Political Scapegoating of Immigrants’

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This week UnidosUS joined the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and other sister civil rights organizations to condemn President Trump’s response to the terrorist attack in New York City.

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NCLR Joins Celebration of 1963 March on Washington

This week marked the 50th Anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington. The festivities brought people from around the country to descend on the National Mall and relive the fateful day.

Two Fierce Advocates for the Latino Community Need Your Help!

A group of senators has been holding up two important nominations for our country. But a vote may finally proceed this week!

Perez_photo2Tom Perez, nominated by President Obama to be our next Secretary of Labor, is the son of Dominican immigrants. After losing his father at a young age, he put himself through college, working hard in a warehouse, as a garbage collector, and in school dining halls. Tom’s incredible work ethic helped him graduate with honors from Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government.

From his early years at the Department of Justice, where he helped prosecute racially motivated hate crimes and chaired a task force to prevent worker exploitation, to his time at the Maryland Department of Labor, where he helped struggling families avoid foreclosure and revamped the state’s adult education system, Mr. Perez has demonstrated his unwavering commitment to protecting our civil rights and building opportunity for all Americans.

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Petition to Hugh Wiley and Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Hugh Wiley, Publisher
Bloomberg Businessweek

Racist BusinessWeek CoverDear Mr. Wiley,

This week your magazine published a vile and racially offensive cover. The cover image perpetuated the false narrative that greedy poor people and people of color fueled the housing crisis, and brought back Jim Crow-era racial caricatures of blacks and Latinos to drive the point home. The magazine represented a low point in both the racial and economic discourse.

Your subsequent non-apology apology – in which you expressed “regret” for the “strong reactions” the cover sparked, but not for the cover itself – made it clear that your magazine fails to recognize the gravity of these offensive images in the context of our history.

The final outrage is your magazine’s attempt to shift the blame to the Latino artist himself, sidestepping responsibility for any editorial decisions that led to this cover.

In light of these facts, the NAACP, National Council of La Raza and our partners around this country need to see:

  1. An apology and acknowledgement of responsibility on behalf of the Businessweek editorial team.
  2. A critical analysis, in print, of the misguided theory that poor people of color were a primary cause of the housing crisis, and
  3. That Bloomberg Businessweek immediately institute a process to examine and address issues related to diversity and inclusion, including representation of communities of color in editorial and business management, overall employment, and editorial content.

Sincerely,

Thousands of Signers from Across the United States