Colombians push for immigration reprieve
Leaders of Colombian communities in Florida plan to launch a new
drive aimed at
convincing President Bush to grant undocumented Colombian immigrants in the
United States temporary residence and working papers.
The start of the campaign will be Tuesday morning with a news
which leaders of several Colombian groups in Miami-Dade County and the state
will endorse the common goal of convincing the Bush administration to grant
Colombians an immigration condition known as Temporary Protected Status, or
TPS allows citizens of countries in crisis who have overstayed
their visas to
remain legally in the United States.
According to a joint statement from the groups, TPS would benefit
up to 85,000
Colombians who now lack proper work and residence papers and consider
themselves refugees from their country's ongoing political violence.
A similar pro-TPS campaign last year failed to persuade the Clinton
administration to grant it to Colombian immigrants despite an endorsement from
the Colombian government itself.