Jan. 19 ~ CEUS TPS bus heading for Washington DC Centro Comunitario CEUS will send a bus with community members in the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to demand Congress halt the cancelation of the program by President Trump. Thirty TPS holders attended a meeting Jan. 19 at the CEUS office to plan for the trip CEUS hosted the TPS Caravan traveling from California to Washington D.C. in October with a dinner, discussion and live music. See photos here.
How will the end of TPS for Salvadorans affect them? Elba Pereira was brought to tears just thinking about having to leave the United States after 20 years. Her 11-year-old daughter was born here and hasn’t known life anywhere else.“It’s hard for me to think about being separated from my daughter, but I will not take her to El Salvador,” she said.She says she doesn’t want to expose her child to the crime and danger in the country.“Three years ago, I went to El Salvador and when I was there, they killed my brother-in-law, when she was there,” Pereira said, adding her sister was left alone with four daughters. For the full interview, click HERE.
Immigrants with Temporary Protected Status nervously await Trump’s decision
Dinora Galdamez Martinez of Wallington came to the United States with her 3-year-old son in 2000, reuniting with her husband after fleeing dangerous conditions in the aftermath of a bloody civil war in El Salvador.
The following year, after a 7.6-magnitude earthquake shook her native country and triggered devastating landslides, killing more than 900, Galdamez Martinez qualified for Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, an immigration program that allowed her to remain in New Jersey and work here legally until the U.S. Department of Homeland Security determines that it is safe for her to return home. For the full interview, click HERE.
Full house in the new semester of classes (Sept. 25) More than 60 students attended the first day of class in the CEUS Education Program, taking English and Spanish literacy classes. More students are expected to sign up for the classes, which run through the beginning of December. The program offers Level 1, 2, 3, and 4, and a conversation class, in English and two levels of Spanish. Students enjoyed tasy food in the cafeteria made by volunteers. Thanks to all the teachers and volunteers who make the program happen. See photos here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Spanish TV news bulletin focuses on CEUS programs (Sept. 21) Univision 41, one of two main Spanish channels in the New York area, visited the offices of Centro Comunitario CEUS to film a segment for its eaerly evening news program. The segment focused on CEUS’ work in the community, especially the Spanish literacy and ESL classes, and the legal services program that provides low cost immigration legal services for immigrants. See the clip here.
TPS assistance provided to Salvadorans, Hondurans in new extension (July 10) CEUS has begun providing legal assistance for immigrants eligible to renew their work permits under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program. As in past years, we expect to help several hundred people to extend their permits, with each case reviewed by our attorney. The CEUS office will be attending TPS cases on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday and Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The final deadline for filing a TPS case is Sept. 6. For more information call: (201) 617-2466.
Graduation celebration in the Spanish literacy program (July 24) The CEUS Education Program had a strong Spring semester with more than 70 English students attending classes and at least 20 in the Spanish literacy program, for native Spanish speakers who did not have the opportunity at home to learn to read and write in their native language. We took the opportunity to celebrate the great achivement of the Spanish literacy students who completed the semester with a small party. All students were presented with certificates of achievement. We salute their courage in taking such a challenging step and their commitment to their studies. See photos of the event here:1, 2, 3, 4.