CHC Chair Statement on Termination of TPS Status of 200,000 Salvadorans
Jan 8, 2018
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 200,000 Salvadorans living in the United States:
“The Trump Administration’s heartless and devastating decision to end TPS for nearly 200,000 Salvadorans is yet another assault on the fabric of our nation. This choice underscores the cruelty of the President’s mass deportation agenda.
“TPS recipients from El Salvador have lived in the United States for an average of 21 years; they are parents to over 190,000 U.S. citizen children, contribute to our economy and enrich our communities. This mass deportation will uproot families and children who have lived here for decades, rob $109.4 billion from U.S. GDP over 10 years, and undermine our interest in a stable and secure Central America.
“TPS for El Salvador has been extended by both Republican and Democratic administrations because they recognized our duty to protect refugees and those fleeing humanitarian disasters. Congress must now provide relief for TPS recipients by enacting legislation that includes 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.
Carlos Paz Jr.