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Daily Action: Save Salvadoran Refugees from Trump's Deportation Regime


CONTACT: 
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
DC: (202) 224-3841
LA: (310) 914-7300
Sen. Kamala Harris
DC: (202) 224-3553
LA:  (213) 894-5000
Rep. Julia Brownley: 
DC: (202) 225-5811
Thousand Oaks: (805) 379-1779
Rep. Ted Lieu:
DC: (202) 225-3976
LA: (323) 651-1040
Rep. Steve Knight:
DC: (202) 225-1956
Simi Valley: (805) 581-7130

Sample Script:
Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Senator/Representative ___________'s in _______________, California. I am calling to urge the senator/congressperson to support H.R. 4253, the American Promise Act, and other measures that will provide recipients of Temporary Protective Status with a path to permanent residency and citizenship. The Trump Administration's cruelty toward refugees and immigrants must be offset by immediate congressional action, so that hundreds of thousands of longtime U.S. residents won't be forced from their homes and sent to unstable countries. Thank you!


BACKGROUND
Yesterday the Trump administration announced that nearly 200,000 people from El Salvador, most of whom have been living in the United States for more than 15 years thanks to a humanitarian program called Temporary Protected Status (TPS), will soon be forced to leave the country. Salvadorans now become, by far, the largest group of foreign refugees to have their protected status taken away in Trump's astoundingly amoral attacks on immigrant communities. Previously 45,000 Haitians have been targeted for removal, along with thousands of Nicaraguans.

Many of the Salvadorans were first allowed into the U.S. as long ago as 2001, after a pair of devastating earthquakes struck their home country. The TPS program provides legal status and work permits to people who have arrived in the U.S., legally or not, from countries affected by armed conflicts, natural disasters or other strife. After a country receives such a designation from the Department of Homeland Security, refugees from that country often receive numerous extensions of their TPS eligibility.

After 17 years living in the U.S., Salvadoran TPS recipients have established deep ties in the U.S. -- families, children, careers -- and retain little connection to their homelands. El Salvador itself, while having largely recovered from the earthquake damage so long ago, remains a nation riven by gang violence and other domestic strife. Forcing the repatriation of these longtime U.S. residents is an act of abject cruelty, possible only when all considerations of humanity have been stripped.

In response to Trump's inhumanity, several Democratic members of the House of Representatives -- including Rep. Ted Lieu, whose district includes Agoura Hills and Calabasas -- introduced H.R. 4253, the American Promise Act, which would grant permanent residency to TPS beneficiaries who have been in the U.S. longer than three years and who meet other eligibility requirements.