WASHINGTON (CIRCA) - For a group of U.S. residents living under Temporary Protected Status, Friday marked the end of a long journey.
Accompanied by family and civil rights leaders, more than 50 of them embarked on a Journey for Justice in Los Angeles on Aug. 17. Twelve weeks and 44 stops across America later, the caravan arrived at its final destination: Washington, D.C.
The National TPS Alliance says a goal of its Journey for Justice campaign is to "lift our collective voices against the termination of TPS, against the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of lawfully present immigrants and against the criminalization of migration in an effort to promote immigrant legalization, to promote political equality, and to promote the power of immigrant courage to prevail against Trump’s campaign of fear."
Among the Journey for Justice bus riders were a 12-year-old New Jersey girl who says she's facing the threat of family separation, a 47-year-old New Orleans construction worker who came to the Big Easy to aid in post-Hurricane Katrina reconstruction, and a 41-year-old Honduras native and Las Vegas resident who has lived in the U.S. for more than 20 years.
The National TPS Alliance planned to hold a press conference Friday morning at the White House, before marching to the Department of Homeland Security.
Comunidad of the #DMV area tomorrow, the #TPSJourney4Justice makes it’s final stop in #WashingtonDC, join us for a March & Rally starting at the White House. See event page for details https://t.co/EK3amRLgh2… #CentralAmericanTwitter #TPS #TPSjustice #Solidarity pic.twitter.com/65fUWtUplN— Nat’l TPS Alliance (@TPS_Alliance) November 8, 2018
According to DHS, the countries currently designated for TPS are El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.