Special TPS Telethon for El Salvadorans and Fellow Immigrants Worried about Deportation

Posted on January 11, 2018 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Call Us with Your Questions on Temporary Protected Status

Responding immediately to fears caused by the Trump administration’s just-announced changes to Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadorans along with Nicaraguans, Haitians and Hondurans, Catholic Charities NY is launching a special phone bank this Thursday and Friday between 5pm and 7pm . 

We are teaming with the Office of the New Americans, El Diario, WADO 1280 and Noticias Univision 41 to answer any questions about the end of this protected immigration status and the repercussions it may have for those that benefited from it and their relatives.

Call the New Americans Hotline 1-800-566-7636
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018  and Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 between 5 pm and 7 pm 


IMPORTANTE: Han anunciado la decisión de cancelar la designación de El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras y Haiti al Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS).

Para ayuda y mas información llame a New Americans Hotline 1-800-566-7636 este Jueves y Viernes de 5 a 7pm.


  • The Trump Administration announced this week that it is ending TPS recognition for Salvadorans living in the U.S., effective September 9, 2019.
  • El Salvador residents had been granted TPS since 2001, when an earthquake devastated the Central American country.
  • The decision to end TPS for Salvadorans follows the Trump administration's recent termination of TPS recognition for Haiti, impacting 50,000 individuals nationwide, and Nicaragua, impacting 2,800 individuals nationwide.
Dividing Families Vs. Upholding Dignity

“We are deeply concerned about the decision of DHS to terminate Temporary Protected Status for more than 200,000 Salvadorans,” says Catholic Charities Director of Immigrant and Refugee Services Mario Russell.

“These men and women who now have been residing in the United States for more than 21 years, who own homes, who work, who pay taxes, and who have built our communities, will be forced to forfeit the lives they have made and the only place of safety they have known.

“What’s worse, they will be separated from the families they have created here, with over 190,000 United States Citizen children likely to be left behind, returning to a country they have lost connection with and that is chronically unsafe.

“This decision, like the administration’s decisions to terminate DACA, the Central American Minors program, and TPS for Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Sudanese, carries deep human costs and serious consequences  that have been ignored in favor of a policy that irrationally harms the most vulnerable." 


How You Can Help

We are seeking Spanish and English-speaking volunteers to help answer phones for our special TPS telethon

  • Where: 80 Maiden Lane New York, NY
  • When: Thursday, January 11 and Friday, January 12
  • Time: 4-8pm (training will start at 4pm, calls are from 5-8pm)
  • Contact: please email 

Ideally, volunteers will have prior immigration legal experience (not required)​

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