Immigrant Youth Refuse to Leave Anyone in Our Community Behind. Expanding TPS is Just the Beginning.

Anabel Mendoza Press Releases

We are committed to fighting for permanent protections for all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

For Immediate Release
Contact: José Alonso Muñoz | jose@unitedwedream.org | 202.810.0746

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Biden administration announced it will offer deportation relief and work permits to tens of thousands of Venezuelan immigrants in the U.S. by expanding eligibility for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The expansion is expected to apply to Venezuelans who have been living in the U.S. as of today, and includes many who have lived in the U.S. for decades without relief.

Juliana Macedo do Nascimento, State and Local Policy Manager of United We Dream, said:

“The Biden administration’s decision to expand TPS to include thousands of Venezuelan immigrants was delivered because of our fearless organizers and allies who have fought for every opportunity to protect immigrant communities. Our power is undeniable! This is a welcomed victory that will protect an estimated 320,000 people from the looming threat of deportation, and our fight doesn’t end here.

Programs like TPS and DACA have allowed hundreds of thousands of immigrants the opportunity to obtain work permits and receive protections from deportations. These programs and protections are only temporary, however. At any moment, Judge Hanen in Texas can rule to terminate DACA, leaving around 650,000 immigrant youth vulnerable to detention and deportation. Additionally, millions still remain ineligible for TPS and DACA, which is why we will continue to fight to deliver a pathway to citizenship for all undocumented people.

There are key opportunities for the Biden administration and Congress to deliver permanent protections for immigrant communities. This includes urgently passing the Dream & Promise Act and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, two bills reintroduced in the House last week that would provide a pathway to citizenship for over 4 million undocumented immigrants. Additionally, President Biden must take immediate action to release immigrants from detention and deliver on his promise of stopping deportations.  As a movement, we will not stop fighting until permanent solutions are delivered for ALL immigrants in our community. The Biden administration must deliver on its promises to our community!”

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United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.