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Florida Immigration Group Pushes for Further TPS Protections

The Family Action Network Movement, a Haitian immigration advocacy group in Miami, believes TPS recipients need permanent protection.

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The Department of Homeland Security announced last week that it would extend Temporary Protected Status until Oct. 4, 2021 for beneficiaries from El Salvador, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan. Although the Family Action Network Movement, a Haitian immigration advocacy group in Miami, celebrated this announcement, Marleine Bastien, Executive Director of FANM, believes that TPS recipients need permanent protection. “FANM will continue to organize our members and fight for those in the Senate to pass The Dream and Promise Act,” she said. DHS said it was extending TPS “to ensure its continued compliance” with several U.S. district court orders. Caribbean National Weekly Network

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