Many members of our community– students, workers and their loved ones– face uncertainty and fear over immigration status in the current political climate. The International Scholars Working Group is organizing to spread information about free legal and social assistance to all Harvard community members. In conjunction with student groups and on-campus labor unions, we have prepared informational materials on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and DACA/undocumented statuses that are available in multiple languages below.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or suggestions on improving these materials. If you would like to get involved in direct outreach to workers or serve as translators or volunteers to legal appointments, we meet Wednesdays at 6pm.
How to Support Harvard Community Members
SLAM Petition to #SaveTPS
Sign this petition by Harvard Student Labor Action Movement – SLAM to ask the Harvard administration to provide more information and support for Harvard community members affected by TPS.
Call scripts to #SaveTPS
Script 1: Calls to Legislators Urging Action
My name is —- and I am a resident of —- concerned about the threats to Temporary Protected Status, a legal status that is given to people fleeing natural disaster and civil conflict. Today, more than ever, this designation is needed to help people and societies rebuild, globally. This will affect over 300,000 TPS holders and their children, families, and communities in profound ways. Every presidential administration has approved the renewal of TPS for the last two decades, and now those who have made their lives here for decades are being threatened with deportation.
We urge you to advocate to save TPS and to protect our communities members from unjust immigration policy. The Trump administration has already cancelled TPS for certain countries and could easily cancel it altogether as deadlines approach imminently for other countries like Haiti, Honduras and El Salvador. I urge you to:
Thank you for acting on this in a timely manner.
For a printable script, click here.
Phone Numbers to #SaveTPS
Mira Coalition TPS fact-sheet Massachusetts: Governor Baker’s Office: New York: Florida:
Capitol Switchboard- (202) 224-3121
Find your representatives
Senator Ed Markey (D-MA): (617) 565-8519
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA): (617) 565-3170
Boston office: (617) 725-4005
Find your representatives
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY): (202) 224-6542
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY): (202) 224-4451
Find your representatives
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL): 202-224-3041
Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL): 202-224-5274
Find your reps in: Other states
Governor Baker’s Office:
TPS & DACA: What You Need to Know
Last updated: January 16, 2018
English (LU: Jan 16, 2018)
Spanish (LU: Jan 16, 2018)
Mandarin (LU: Sep 26, 2018)
Nepali (LU: Sep 26, 2018)
Other Student Organizations working on these issues
Frequently Asked Questions
What is TPS? What is DACA?
TPS stands for Temporary Protected Status. The US government can designate a specific country as having TPS when it believes it is unsafe for citizens from that country that are in the US to return to the country, usually because of a natural disaster or war conditions. So if you are in the US on TPS, you aren’t a permanent resident, but you can work legally and pay taxes. Typically, TPS had been renewed every 18 months without much concern. For some countries, like El Salvador, for example, TPS has been automatically renewed for over 10 years, so people have made their lives here under TPS, thinking that it would continue to be renewed. However, this past summer, the Trump administration only renewed the Haitian TPS for 6 months, signalling its intention to dismantle the program. There is reason to believe that the same may happen for other countries on TPS when their renewal deadlines come up. The best advice at present is to consult with immigration attorneys and start getting documents ready.
DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and you might have heard people on DACA referred to as “Dreamers.” It gives young people who are undocumented and who arrived to the US before 2007 a legal work permit and protects them from deportation. However, the Trump administration announced this program was ending on September 5th, with a 6-month delay.
Where is the HIRC located? Do they speak [languages]?
The HIRC is on Everett Street, just off of Oxford Street (see website). They speak English and Spanish, but if you speak another language, just let them know and they can probably find someone who can help as well. If you call the number on this sheet, the person who picks up the phone can help you schedule an appointment or refer you to someone who can help. HGSU-UAW can also typically find volunteers for translation or legal accompaniments.
I didn’t know there was a student union? Why are students doing this?
Students have been organizing for three years to win a union here at Harvard so we too can bargain over compensation and workplace protections. Many of us stood in solidarity with the dining workers during their strike last year and we continue to believe that a student union here would increase the power that all workers have here at Harvard. We want to join with unionized dining hall workers and custodial staff to make Harvard a better place to work and study. We are doing this because we believe immigrant rights are labor rights, and we are here to stand in solidarity with all vulnerable members of our community and assist in any way possible.