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CHC Chair Statement on Termination of TPS Status for 57,000 Hondurans

May 4, 2018
Press Release
Washington, D.C. – The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) issued the following statement after the Trump Administration’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it would terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) status of approximately 57,000 Hondurans living in the United States:
“The Trump Administration’s decision to terminate TPS for nearly 57,000 Hondurans is abhorrent. This decision will rob our communities of contributing members who have been in the country legally for an average of 22 years. This latest attack on legal immigration will tear apart mothers and fathers from their U.S. citizen children, rob $10.9 billion from U.S. GDP over 10 years and undermine our interest in a stable and secure Central America.
“Ending TPS for Hondurans living in the U.S. and forcing them to return to Honduras will put them at tremendous risk of food, healthcare and housing insecurity, as well as escalating gang violence in the country. Frankly, forcing so many legal immigrants to Honduras could lead to a needless crisis.
“TPS for Honduras and other countries has been extended by both Republican and Democratic administrations because they recognized our duty to protect refugees and those fleeing humanitarian disasters. Yet all of our requests urging this Administration to extend TPS for 300,000 Hondurans, Salvadorans, Haitians and Nicaraguans have been denied. We call on our colleagues to support the passage of the American Promise Act, which would ensure individuals who reside in the U.S. under TPS remain in the country and have the opportunity to pursue a path to naturalization.”
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.