Rep. Roybal-Allard Statement on TPS Decision from DHS
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), the ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement on the Department of Homeland Security’s announcement about Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients:
“The Department of Homeland Security’s termination of Temporary Protected Status for Nicaraguans is a cruel and shortsighted decision that will tear families apart, devastate communities, and weaken the U.S. economy. And the brief reprieve for Honduran TPS recipients will only add to their anxiety and uncertainty about their future in America. TPS recipients work hard to strengthen our industries and our communities. They love America, and they are an integral part of our country. Many have lived in the U.S. for more than a decade, and they are one of the most heavily vetted communities in our nation. It makes no sense to subject them to a mass deportation. And their U.S.-born children will suddenly be torn between their American roots and their loving family.
“National security experts support extending TPS. So does the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. So does the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Migration and Refugee Services. And so do I. DHS’s differing responses towards Nicaraguan and Honduran TPS recipients in the US are a stark illustration of why we need comprehensive immigration reform to resolve the numerous immigration issues facing our nation. I also support immediate congressional passage of Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez’s American Promise Act, which will ensure individuals who have lived in the U.S. under TPS for at least three years can stay in America and pursue a path to naturalization.”