DiscoverVoces For ChangeMore than 2 million immigrants risk deportation next year. Meet Yanira Arias, an activist trying to stop that.
More than 2 million immigrants risk deportation next year. Meet Yanira Arias, an activist trying to stop that.

More than 2 million immigrants risk deportation next year. Meet Yanira Arias, an activist trying to stop that.

Update: 2020-10-19
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In this episode, Salvadoran TPS holder, Yanira Arias, an activist with Chicago-based Alianza Américas, discusses the risks of deportation roughly 2.2 million immigrants face next year, including herself, if the next president does not offer them "deferred enforced departure", a temporary legal remedy while Congress works on a long term solution. 
Her group joined more than 200 other like-minded organizations last Friday in sending letters to President, Donald Trump, and Democratic presidential hopeful, Joe Biden, urging either one to help these vulnerable immigrants. 
Arias, who was granted TPS some 21 years ago, says El Salvador is still a dangerous place to live and work in, and it´s not ready to absorb the thousands of Salvadorans that would likely be deported once their permits expire. Unless Congress or the White House act fast next year. 

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More than 2 million immigrants risk deportation next year. Meet Yanira Arias, an activist trying to stop that.

More than 2 million immigrants risk deportation next year. Meet Yanira Arias, an activist trying to stop that.

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