In response to the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Program for Nicaraguans, Councilman Curren Price, in partnership with CARECEN (Central American Resource Center), announced plans to step-up local efforts to assist TPS communities being targeted.
TPS beneficiaries are urged to call a Naturalization & TPS Hotline, established as part of a yearlong CD 9 program spearheaded by Councilmember Price. For questions about the program, please call (213) 814-5248.
CARECEN, which has been presenting a series of monthly citizenship workshops, said it will provide one-on-one assistance to TPS cardholders at the upcoming Dec. 9 event in South LA, as well as future workshops through next February. Appointments are highly encouraged, but walk-ins will be accepted. The workshops on TPS will be held concurrently with citizenship application workshops in the Ninth District.
At the TPS workshops, CARECEN will provide FREE legal services and give information on how individuals can protect themselves and seek alternatives to stay in the country legally. Financial assistance is available for people living in the Ninth District.
“We are going to fight back against attacks to the TPS program,” said Councilman Price. “I want our friends and neighbors to know they're not alone, and we are here to help them.”
According to CARECEN, the decision this week affects more than 5,000 Nicaraguans who have lived and worked inthe United States under this protection for nearly two decades. At the same time, the Administration also stated that they have yet to make a decision regarding Honduran TPS, which affects more than 80,000 people. In January, a decision is expected to be made on the fate of Salvadoran TPS cardholders.