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Northwood News ♦ February 2018

How Can We Help Our Neighbors?

By Ed Levy

Like many of us in Northwood/Four Corners, I greatly value the diversity of our neighborhood.  The Washington area has the second greatest concentration of Salvadoran immigrants (after Los Angeles), and I have found my Salvadoran neighbors to be among the hardest working and friendliest people I know.

President Trump’s recent decision to eliminate Temporary Protective Status for 200,000 Salvadorans living in this country has created a wide range of problems for our Salvadoran neighbors.  (The President has also removed TPS protection for immigrants from Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan.)  For Salvadorans, there is uncertainty, for example, about how long they can remain in our country, and about how children born in this country (who are U.S. citizens) will be able to survive once their parents are deported.  Gangs in El Salvador make it one of the countries with the highest murder and highest crime rates, and a country that continues to be an unsafe destination for deportees.

As I write this, Congress is considering the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  If this program is ended, more Salvadoran immigrants will be deported to their country of origin.

Some advocates suggest that the best way to protect TPS recipients is for Congress to pass legislation granting legal immigration status.  If you agree, you can contact Congressman Jamie Raskin at 202.225.5341 and ask him to support immediate action to protect TPS recipients.

Langley Park-based CASA is one of the greatest providers of services to Latino residents of the Washington area.  They provide employment placement; workforce development and training; health education; citizenship and legal services; and financial, language, and literacy training to Latino and immigrant communities throughout the state.  CASA is a 501c(3) nonprofit and charitable contributions made to it are tax-deductible.  CASA is also seeking volunteers with some Spanish language capability to help Salvadoran residents in filling out required paperwork.  Contact Nick Katz at nkatz AT wearecasa DOT org if you would like to volunteer.

There are several ways to help our neighbors, including asking them how we can help and letting them know that we are glad they are our neighbors.

[Ed Levy, who serves as NFCCA Vice President, lives on Thistle Court.]   ■


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