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A coalition of 32 mayors, including Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle, released a letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calling on them to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Hondurans and Nicaraguans as the deadline approaches to announce TPS determinations for these countries.
The letter discusses the TPS holders’ significant civic and economic contributions to their local communities. Ending TPS, the elected officials write, would separate families and bring instability to their cities, since many Honduran and Nicaraguan TPS recipients have called them home for almost two decades.
The TPS Program provides permission to reside and work in the United States to the nationals of designated countries who are living in the United States and cannot safely return to their home countries because of temporary dangerous conditions there. The letter points out that over the past two decades, Honduras and Nicaragua have experienced successive natural disasters, which have in turn exacerbated public health crises, economic decline, and public safety concerns. There are currently 57,000 Honduran and 2,550 Nicaraguan TPS recipients in the United States.
The mayors and county executives who have signed the letter to Secretaries Duke and Tillerson are part of Cities for Action, a coalition of over 175 cities and counties that are committed to driving the national debate on immigration policies and integrating immigrants through best practices at the municipal level.