- This is a humanitarian crisis that requires a national response. Call your representatives to advocate for policies that will ensure a successful resettlement for our newest neighbors. For example:
- Federal Funding to Support Receiving Cities Continue Shelter Operations.
- Expand Humanitarian Parole for two years. Individuals are likely paroled into the U.S. Having parole allows them to apply for an employment authorization document (EAD). However, because most of the new arrivals’ parole is less than six months, they are not able to apply for those work permits. Expanding to two years would create avenue for work permits as they figure out next steps for their immigration plans.
- Expedited temporary EADs. It is extremely important for these individuals and our limited resources that new arrivals have their EAD so that they are eligible to work and become self-sufficient as quickly as possible. Employment also provides a sense of belonging, a building of community, and purpose that allows new arrivals to work through their hardships and experiences. Currently, individuals must wait months before they can apply and then it takes six to 12 months for an approval. Expedited EADs will help individuals and families stabilize quickly.
- Change country eligibility for and date of TPS status. With a change of date of Temporary Protected Status to the present, new arrivals would be eligible to be considered for TPS, opening many doors of opportunities for much needed assistance. Without this designation, it is hard to provide services and funding for services. Currently, only Venezuelans who entered before March 2021 can apply for TPS.
- Provide parolees with resources provided to refugees. (e.g. Afghanistan and Ukrainian) refugees crucially receive assistance and services through the State Department-funded Reception and Placement Program—a support not available to asylees or most parolees. These individuals, who are also fleeing violence and instability, need as much support as they can get after their dangerous treks and unexpected transportation from the southern border. Just like other immigrants before them, and the most recent Afghan and Ukrainian refugee arrivals, these arrivals from Central and South American, Caribbean, and the African continent will establish a life in their adopted city.
- Waive filling fees. USCIS should waive filing fees and expeditiously process humanitarian parole work permits and renewals in the backlog of applications.
Learn more here: National Immigrant Justice Center: Solutions for Humane Border Policy