Journey for Justice

The #TPSJourney4Justice is a grassroots, bottom-up initiative to strengthen, unify, and elevate the voices of TPS beneficiaries, build local alliances and support networks, and establish alignment and solidarity with immigrant communities across the country. We intend to bring together thousands of TPS families and allies to join the fight to #ProtectTPS and chart a path to permanent residency.

On August 17th, over 50 immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS holders or TPSianos), their family members, and other civil rights leaders embarked on a journey across the United States to lift our collective voices against the termination of TPS, to demand permanent residency, and to “liberate America from its fear of immigrants.”

In partnership with CARECEN-LA and the National TPS Alliance, the TPS Journey is part of a multi-pronged campaign to win TPS justice that includes litigation, grassroots organizing, and advocacy.

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ICE Out of Jails

Over the past two decades, local police and sheriffs are increasingly used to expand the reach of federal immigration enforcement. Whether thru the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, aka ICE, or the Border Patrol, the use of local law enforcement as “force multipliers” for racist immigration enforcement has contributed to mass deportation and systemic illegal detentions, and exacerbated the national crisis of racist profiling. Today, over two-thirds of all deportations begin with police-ICE collaboration.

Ultimately, it’s up to localities, towns, and local communities whether local and state resources will be used to advance mass deportations and incarceration for immigrants and refugees. Our power to stop deportations and protect the due process and equality of all residents in our communities begins with local communities across the country.

For over a decade, NDLON has accompanied local communities in their efforts to get ICE out of local jails and neighborhoods and to demand sanctuary for all communities from racist immigration enforcement. Today, NDLON has helped anchor the strongest anti-deportation legislation in the nation, the CA VALUES Act (SB54), and continues to build local efforts in states combating pol-ICE collusion.

The approach to building immigrant power nationwide is centered on strengthening local capacity, setting vibrant local examples that celebrate immigrant courage and creativity, and implementing a multi-pronged strategy that puts innovative legal, communications, and arts and culture work at the service of grassroots organizing efforts. From #AltoArizona, #AltoPolimigra, #TurningTheTide and #Not1More to today’s #ICEoutofCalifornia, #BastaTexas and #Basta287g efforts, the demand for immigrant justice begins from the bottom up.

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