A Bay Area delegation of immigrant rights activist headed to church Saturday ahead of an important trip to Washington D.C.
Central American Resource Center of San Francisco and East Bay Sanctuary Convent are among the Northern California organization joining other delegations from across the country to the Capitol next week to lobby lawmakers for the protection of Temporary Protected Status, TPS, for immigrants.
The activists were welcomed Saturday into Saint Anthony's Church in San Francisco for a blessing. The 26-person delegation plan to meet with lawmakers from Feb. 10 to 13 to stress the importance of extending the TPS program, as well as the American Promise Act.
They say many hard working undocumented immigrants have been living in a state of fear due to immigration raids, the separation of families at the border and the termination of TPS and DACA programs.
“We can still do something. We just need to get together, support each other, tell our stories, so people can see how we are connected with the country, how we are integrated completely with the country," Vanessa Velasco with Community Outreach said.