After living in the U.S for the last 19-years, Maria Elena Hernandez, from Nicaragua, may be forced to move back to a country that no longer feels like home. Hernandez is one of thousands of Nicaraguans who have been living and working in the U.S. and protected, since 1999, under temporary protection status (TPS). The Trump administration recently ended that protection for Nicaraguans.
Ira Kurzban, a respected immigration attorney who was honored at the event for his decades-long fight on behalf of Haitian refugees, said there are ongoing talks with the American Civil Liberties Union about the possibility of going to court if TPS is terminated.
Leaders at the Hispanicize conference in Miami wonder why Latinos aren’t presenting a united front and can’t find a unifying leader in the face of anti-Latino rhetoric. The vote, says Jackson, can be a powerful tool.