Update: Due to COVID-19, in-person film screenings are not a good idea at the moment; however, this film discussion guide can be useful for groups gathering online. You just need an internet connection to access the film!
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]
Please remember to include your full name and address in the letters. You can scan and email completed letters to Josh Leach at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the subject line: “TPS Letter.”