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Ecuadorian Immigrants to Converge in Washington DC as Consensus Grows for “TPS FOR ECUADOR”
This week, Senators Booker & Menendez joined the 32 members of Congress calling for Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Ecuadorians in the US after devastating earthquake in Ecuador
What: TPS for Ecuador! Rally, Relief for Families
When: Monday, June 20th, 11:00AM-2:00PM
Where: US Capitol, West Lawn
Washington, DC — On Monday, Ecuadorian immigrant families living in the U.S. will converge in Washington, DC to call on the White House and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson to grant “TPS” (Temporary Protected Status) for Ecuadorians in the US, in response to the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the Andean country.
The earthquake resulted in 663 deaths, 73,000 internally displaced persons, and 250,000 individuals in need of humanitarian assistance. A grant of TPS for Ecuadorians living in the U.S. would facilitate their participation and support for the recovery effort, and provide a partial reprieve for the emergency response and communities in Ecuador from receiving the average of 1,200 individuals deported to Ecuador each year.
Nearly 3 dozen members of the House, led by Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Crowley, and now Democratic Senators Booker and Menendez have called for TPS as a response to the earthquake. The Ecuadorian government has also officially requested the grant of TPS.
The Monday rally will bring together about 1,000 people from different parts of the east coast, including Queens, Westchester and Brooklyn, from New York State, and Newark, Plainfield and Hightstown, from New Jersey. There are approximately 200,000 Ecuadorians who live in the United States without documentation.
For additional information, please visit www.TPSforEcuador.org