For Immediate Release: January 8, 2018
Trump Administration's decision to end Salvadoran TPS cruel and counter-productive, Congress must pass legislation to protect TPS recipients
For thousands of Salvadorans across the country, today’s decision means losing their homes and livelihoods, and being torn from their children and communities. For the White House, this is another brick in the wall of Donald Trump’s deportation-driven immigration agenda. As Cities for Action leaders told the Trump Administration as recently as last week, it is simply cruel and counter-productive to send nearly 200,000 individuals to a country that cannot absorb and reintegrate them. Salvadoran TPS recipients have lived in the United States for two decades on average, contribute to the economy, and have gone through regular security screening. Rescinding TPS for these residents will throw into chaos hundreds of thousands of lives, including for 192,700 U.S.-born children. We now need Congress to pass legislation providing TPS recipients with a pathway to citizenship so that we can keep families together and our cities prosperous.