Group urges governor to support immigration program
Sep. 13, 2017
BOSTON (AP) — Immigrants with temporary protected status are asking Republican Gov. Charlie Baker to support their efforts to legally remain in the United States.
Members of the TPS Committee of Massachusetts on Wednesday delivered about 4,000 letters to Baker's office, asking that he schedule a meeting with them and publicly call on President Donald Trump to renew the program for people who came to the U.S. from Central America and Haiti.
The federal government can designate countries for TPS because of conditions such as civil unrest or natural disaster. The Trump administration has signaled that it might not continue the program indefinitely.
A spokesman for Baker says the governor discussed the issue with a top federal official earlier this year and was pleased that a temporary extension was granted in protected status for Haitian refugees.