The family is one of a growing number of Honduran immigrants with mixed immigration status who could be split by deportation or return together to a country that no longer feels like home. About 3,000 Hondurans in New York City are under Temporary Protection Status (TPS), a protection from deportation that allows immigrants to work in the U.S. after a natural disaster or armed conflict, according to city data.
H.A.N.D.S. opened in 2008, as a result of the efforts of St. Jerome’s late pastor, Father John Grange, and the Sisters of St. Jerome congregation. The center serves as a safe space for hundreds of immigrant families from the neighborhood.
At a recent workshop in Mott Haven, 30+ attendees, all undocumented immigrants, were handed the same cards with “Know Your Rights” information and were informed about current immigration policies, executive orders, and safety precautions to take, in the event of an ICE-related emergency.