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Hundreds Of Mass. Residents Rally In D.C. For Immigrants With Temporary Status

Supporters of temporary protected status immigrants hold signs and cheer before a March, 2018 news conference in San Francisco announcing a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its decision to end TPS. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Supporters of temporary protected status immigrants hold signs and cheer before a March, 2018 news conference in San Francisco announcing a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its decision to end TPS. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

More than 500 Massachusetts residents will rally Tuesday in Washington D.C. in support of immigrants living in the country with a temporary immigration status known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

Many in the group are themselves recipients of TPS. They'll join thousands of activists from across the country to raise awareness about the Trump administration's push to end the status for immigrants from some countries.


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There are an estimated 12,000 TPS holders living and working in Massachusetts. Citizens of El Salvador and Haiti make up two of the largest communities of TPS-recipients in the state.

Originally from El Salvador, José Urias has lived in Malden with TPS for more than 20 years. He said the day of action will focus on the positive impacts of TPS holders and he hoped to,"show who we are, how we contribute to this economy and how we are part [of] our neighborhoods."

Members of the Massachusetts TPS Committee, the group that organized the trip, plan to meet with Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley to discuss pathways to permanent residency for TPS recipients.

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