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Ecuadorans in the U.S. urged Obama to grant them TPS after earthquake

A coalition of community leaders and immigrant advocates demonstrate outside U.S. immigration offices, calling on federal authorities to designate Ecuador for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for its nationals in the aftermath of last April's 7.8 magnitude earthquake, Wednesday June 1, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

A coalition of community leaders and immigrant advocates demonstrate outside U.S. immigration offices, calling on federal authorities to designate Ecuador for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for its nationals in the aftermath of last April's 7.8 magnitude earthquake, Wednesday June 1, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)  (Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribu)

A sea of yellow, blue, and red filled the Federal Plaza entrance in New York on Wednesday with people wearing Ecuadoran soccer jerseys with pride to call attention for U.S. relief after the devastating earthquake hit Ecuador. Ecuadoran immigrants living in the U.S. urged President Barack Obama and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to grant them and their families Temporary Protective Status (TPS).

The April 16, 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador’s Manabí province, killing more than 650 people. The cities of Manta and Pedernales experienced the most damage as aftershocks continued to rock Ecuador, which postponed efforts to rebuild.

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