Cedillo Establishes Dia del Centroamericano in LA

Cedillo Establishes Dia del Centroamericano in LA

November 22, 2017

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Cedillo Establishes Dia del Centroamericano in LA
Honors Countries with TPS Being Targeted by Trump Administration

Los Angeles—On the heels of the Trump administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nicaragua and pending decisions for Honduras and El Salvador, Councilmember Cedillo honored the Central American community by declaring November 22, 2017 ‘Dia del Centroamericano’ in Los Angeles. He was joined by the Consul Generals of Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador, as well as Boardmembers from the Comite de Festejos Centroamericanos (COFECA).

On November 2nd, The Department of Homeland Security announced that it would be ending Temporary Protected Status for nearly 2,000 Nicaraguans, forcing most to leave or seek other forms of legal residency by January 5th, 2019. TPS status was granted to some Nicaraguans who fled their homeland after the devastation Hurricane Mitch killed more than 2,000 people and caused over $1 billion in damage in 1998. In limbo is the TPS status of Hondurans and Salvadorans. Just this week, President Trump announced the termination of TPS for approximately 60,000 Haitians.

“Today we celebrate the many accomplishments of the Central American community in Los Angeles by establishing El Dia del Centroamericano,” stated Councilmember Gil Cedillo. “The Trump Administration’s attack on these communities, by terminating their TPS designation, will not stop us from honoring the role they play in the fabric of our society. We counter the attacks on our community by celebrating their accomplishments. Our resolution in support of protecting the TPS program will be considered at the next Immigrant Affairs, Civil Rights and Equity Committee meeting on December 7th, 2017,” added Cedillo.

Councilmember Gil Cedillo currently represents the 1st Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Solano Canyon, Sycamore Grove, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Temple Beaudry, Lafayette Park, Chinatown, Forgotten Edge, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Pico Union, Adams-Normandie, University Park, Mid Cities and Mac Arthur Park.

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