How Immigration Reformation Affects our Community: Part 1

Grecia Melgar Garcia

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In a diverse community such as our own, it is important that we become aware of the issues that are affecting those of certain cultures. Immigration has become such a hot topic in our nation recently, as our current President has made a point of retaliating against regulations that have protected Dreamers and those protected under TPS. But what are Dreamers, and what is TPS? How does it affect me and those around me?

Explaining what TPS and DACA are would make a large article, so in a two part crash course, here’s what you need to know about the debate over immigration reforms.

Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, is a status given to immigrants living in the US who have escaped their home countries being inhospitable as a result of natural disasters and armed conflict. These people are given temporary work permits that allow them to reside and work in the United States, as long as the status is in effect. Only 300,000 individuals are under this status, the majority from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti. Take note, it is temporary. Eventually, these people are supposed to go back once conditions in their home countries have improved.

Here’s the thing: conditions haven’t improved for most of those protected, and this has been the case for as long as the program has come to existence. Haiti, for example, has been devastated again and again by hurricanes and earthquakes, and there’s been little improvement over the past decade. El Salvador has been riddled with gang related crime and political corruption, making it near impossible to go back. With such conditions still persisting, is it fair to throw out the immigrants when its no longer convenient?

To my Salvadoran parents, the United States has been home for over two decades. They’re also protected under TPS, and sit anxiously everyday, awaiting for news on the fate of their legal status. This situation is shared with thousands of others who have been told that they have to leave the country by 2019. My parents’ only hope is receiving residency through my sister, who is almost 21. But for many others, there is no method for receiving this status.

Our president has proposed an elimination of this process where parents can receive residency through their children. An inconvenience to our politicians will lead to the deportation of the parents of students affected by it.

 

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3 Responses to “How Immigration Reformation Affects our Community: Part 1”

  1. Desiree Tevez on February 9th, 2018 11:18 am

    I thought your article really resonated with me (and of course many others) since I have a few family members under the TPS program. Many people in the U.S. are anxious about their current legal status as you mentioned, so I think that it was great that you highlighted what the people are feeling.

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  2. Miceyl Martinez on February 9th, 2018 11:22 am

    This is a very important topic and it affects many teens. I do feel a connection when it come to deportation because it’s very personal..

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  3. Elizabeth Dubon on February 9th, 2018 11:38 am

    I found this article extremely interesting as I know a lot of people who are being affected by this. I find it rather sad how the current president is getting rid of all these opportunities that many families relied on for many years.

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