Cedillo to Introduce Ecuadorian Immigration Relief Resolution

Cedillo to Introduce Ecuadorian Immigration Relief Resolution

August 15, 2016

Cedillo to Introduce Ecuadorian Immigration Relief Resolution
Asks Homeland Security to Provide Temporary Protection Status (TPS) due to Earthquake

Los Angeles— Councilmember Cedillo will introduce a resolution asking the Department of Homeland Security to provide Temporary Protection Status (TPS) to Ecuadorians due to the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in April of 2016. The Secretary of Homeland Security has the authority to designate a foreign country for TPS due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately. Individuals who are TPS beneficiaries are not removable from the United States, can obtain an employment authorization document, and may be granted travel authorization.

In April of 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador. This was the worst natural disaster to hit that country in decades, severely damaging its infrastructure. As a result of the earthquake, 659 people died, 27,000 people were injured, and 25,000 were left homeless. The United Nations estimates that as of August, 2016, more than 28,000 people still remain in temporary shelters. The United States is home to 564,631 Ecuadorians, with approximately 23,118 living in the Los Angeles metro region.

WHAT: Press Availability for TPS Resolution

WHO: Gilbert Cedillo, Councilmember, First District
          Diego Jaramillo, Consul General of Ecuador in Los Angeles

WHEN: Tuesday, August 16th at 11:00 am

WHERE: Los Angeles City Hall, 3rd Floor Media Room (Behind Chambers)
             200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

INFO: Fredy Ceja at (323)574-6013 or [email protected]

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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