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The leaders of fifty organizations from civil society, protection of migrants’ rights, and associations of Ecuadorian and Latin American citizens gave the Ecuadorian ambassador, Francisco Borja, a letter addressed to President Barack Obama, the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, and the Secretary of State, John Kerry. This letter urged the executive to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Ecuadorian residents, a measure of immigration support that under U.S. law can be extended to countries that have suffered severe natural disasters like the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that occurred on the Ecuadorian coasts on April 16. The ambassador received the card and agreed to transmit the letter to the authorities of the U.S. government.

These organizations came from different cities in the United States, particularly from the states of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, to thank the dozens of American congressmen and senators that have publicly expressed their support for this measure and have voiced their opinions to respective authorities to ask the central government that Ecuador be a beneficiary of TPS. Approximately 800 people congregated in front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Ambassador Borja stated, “I appreciate your support and solidarity with our Ecuadorian brothers. The government of Ecuador has formally requested TPS, and we hope that U.S. authorities analyze the gravity of the catastrophe and consider it appropriate to extend this measure of migratory aid. Between 100,000 and 200,000 Ecuadorians could benefit, stop fearing deportation, and continue to financially contribute to the welfare of the United States and reconstruction efforts in Ecuador.”

On May 18, ON May 18th, Foreign Minister Guillaume Long formally requested the United States government to extend this status to Ecuadorian residents in the United States in light of the damages produced by April’s earthquake. The earthquake left 670 deaths, more than 30,000 homeless, and hundreds of thousands directly or indirectly affected. Natural disaster costs are estimated at more than $3,330 million dollars.

List of participating organizations:

  • National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)
  • Unitarian Universalist
  • New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia
  • Make the Road Make the Road / GRIP
  • Make the Road CT
  • Unidad Latina en Acción NJ
  • Communities United of New Jersey CT Students for a Dream
  • Somos Mas NJ
  • Long Island Jobs with Justice
  • First Friends NY/NJ
  • Wind of the Spirit
  • Labors Local 78
  • Asociación Deportiva Chimborazo-Ligia Horizontal
  • Grupo Divino Niño – Santa Lucia
  • Organización Virgen del Pilar – Newark
  • Organización Virgen del Cisne
  • Grupo Ecualatino Elizabeth NJ
  • Grupo Artesanal Zuleta
  • Families for Freedom
  • Ecuadorian International Center
  • Alianza Ecuatoriana Internacional
  • New York Immigration Coalition
  • UnLocal, Inc.
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