Council unanimously backs immigration protection
In a unanimous vote Wednesday, Boston’s City Council called on the Trump administration to extend Temporary Protected Status, a program that authorizes employment and establishes protection from deportation for hundreds of thousands of immigrants who cannot safely return to their home countries because of environmental disasters, or ongoing armed conflicts, or other epidemics.
City Councilor Josh Zakim sponsored the resolution in partnership with Centro Presente, an East Boston-based social-service agency that works closely with immigrant communities, specifically from South America.
The Trump administration has recently discussed whether to extend Temporary Protected Status for thousands of Haitians who fled the devastating 2010 earthquake there. The council passed a resolution in May expressing its support for Haitians who have been living here under Temporary Protected Status.
Wednesday’s resolution stated support for all immigrants living under the protection, including thousands in Massachusetts who fled disasters in El Salvador and Nicaragua.