Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Temporary Protected Status for Ecuadoreans!

I have responded to add my name to this statement with identification "Co-Founder Decarcerate the Garden State for Identificaiton Purpose" - and I would like to change that to a clear endorsement by our organization.

This is pretty much a no-brainer and necessary work for us to build unity between opposing both sides of the confinement coin: mas incarceration / mass detention.

I am hoping that the detention opposition movement joins us by organizing around September 9 and we need to have mutual support between these related issues to make that happen!

For more information or to get involved - contact Jorge Torres whose information is under this letter.

Posted here as a PSA.

Dear Friends,

I'm reaching out on behalf of Unidad Latina en Accion NJ, we are a part of a broad coalition of community groups calling for the White House to grant TPS in response to the devastating earthquake in Ecuador this year. We would like to ask if you organization would join in on a letter to the White House, as well as a rally and press conference taking place on Monday, June 20th near the US Capitol. 

The earthquake has resulted in 663 deaths, 73,000 internally displaced persons, and 250,000 individuals in need of humanitarian assistance. In this context, the thousands of Ecuadorians living and working in the US can play a crucial role in supporting their families and communities back home. Currently the US deports 1,200 individuals to Ecuador per year, a number that - given the dire situation back home - will only cause a great burden on families and on the emergency response. 

32 members of the US Congress, led by the Democratic Caucus' vice chair Joe Crowley, have already joined the call for TPS for Ecuador. You can see Rep. Crowley's release and the letter below.
We would greatly appreciate it if you could support our efforts. You can see the letter and if possible, sign here-

Let me know if you have any questions, or could join the event next Monday. 
Here is our facebook event:

Jorge Torres 
Executive Director 
Unidad Latina en Accion NJ 
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Vice Chair Crowley Leads Congressional Call for Federal Government to Grant Temporary Protected Status to Ecuadorian Nationals Following Tragic Earthquake

May 2, 2016 Issues: Foreign AffairsIn the Community
(Queens, NY) –Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus and whose district includes a large Ecuadorian community, sent a letter signed by 32 Members of the House of Representatives urging Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Ecuadorian nationals currently residing in the United States, so that they are not forced to return home to harmful and potentially unsafe conditions. In the days following the earthquake, Crowley introduced a resolution in support of the people of Ecuador and has continued to engage with the Ecuadorian community in New York and in D.C.
“There is no question that in the wake of this terrible tragedy the road to recovery will be long and difficult - but we will continue to stand with the Ecuadorian people every step of the way until they are back on their feet,” said Rep. Crowley. “I am heartened to see how our local communities have come together in solidarity and I’m pleased to see the U.S. providing emergency aid – something I called for immediately following the earthquake. In that same vein, granting Temporary Protected Status to Ecuadorian nationals presently in New York and around the country will go a long way in also helping Ecuador focus on recovery efforts. This status will allow those residing in Queens and elsewhere to remain here a little bit longer, instead of having to return home in the midst of such devastation.”
Under The Immigration and Nationality Act, the Department of Homeland Security has the authority to designate a foreign country for TPS, which allows those temporarily in the U.S. to stay for a longer period of time if they are unable to safely return to their home country due to an ongoing armed conflict, an environmental disaster, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions. More details on the TPS process can be found from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at
The letter can be found here.

En la Lucha, 
Jorge Torres
Unidad Latina en Accion NJ 
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