Hundreds of thousands of immigrant community members are facing deportation from their homes and separation from their loved ones due to the pending termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS). For decades, TPS has provided safety for more than 400,000 people from countries facing war, natural disasters, and other deadly conditions. Now, the Trump administration is exposing these individuals to being sent to countries they left decades ago, and to being removed from their children, hundreds of thousands of whom are U.S. citizens.
Regardless of what the administration or the courts do next, there is only one long-term solution for TPS holders. The Senate must take up and pass legislation that has already been approved in the House, which would create a pathway to citizenship for immigrants with TPS and similar statuses, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED).UUSC and our partners at the Massachusetts TPS Committee and UUs for Social Justice (UUSJ) invite you to host an event in your community to learn about this issue and contact your senators. Below you will find instructions to host a film screening of the short documentary The Last Dream, created by our partners at the National TPS Alliance, as well as guidance on how to write letters to your senators to support TPS.
- Film discussion guide and instructions for writing messages about TPS [PDF]
- Sample TPS letter by Julio Perez, Massachusetts TPS Committee [PDF]
- UUSJ’s Write Here! Write Now! A Toolkit for Letter-Writing Campaigns [Link]
Participants are encouraged to collect and send letters before February 27, 2020. UUSJ’s Capitol Hill Advocacy Corps will hand-deliver letters received by that date to your U.S. senator’s office in Washington, D.C., increasing the visibility and impact of your message. Please remember to include your full name and address in the letters. You can send completed letters to:
Attn: Josh Leach
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
689 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139-3302
Alternatively, you can scan and email your letter to Josh Leach at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the subject line: “TPS Letter”