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Rep. Roybal-Allard Statement on DHS Decision on TPS for Salvadorans

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Washington, January 8, 2018 | Ben Soskin ((202) 225-1766) | comments
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 from El Salvador, the largest group of TPS recipients in America:

“I strongly condemn DHS’s decision to terminate TPS for Salvadorans.  This decision is mind-bogglingly divorced from reality, it is devoid of any sound policy considerations, and it reinforces this administration’s long-standing anti-immigrant reputation.

“Over the past 17 years, these Salvadorans have become integral to the economic and cultural fabric of our country.  They have made invaluable contributions to America’s workforce, and they have put down roots in this country we all call home.  Now, DHS wants these families to uproot the lives they have built in this country.  Families will be torn apart as American-born children of these TPS recipients are forced to choose between remaining in the land of their birth and relocating to the nation their parents came from.

“Ending TPS for Salvadorans is in no way warranted by conditions in El Salvador, which continues to be plagued by violence stemming primarily from gang activity.  Over the past several years, tens of thousands more Salvadorans have made the dangerous journey to the United States to escape this violence, many of them claiming asylum when they reach our border.  Ending TPS will place more Salvadorans in harm’s way, and is a recipe for ensuring that the flow of asylum seekers to the U.S. only increases.

“Keeping these Salvadoran families in America strengthens us at home and abroad, just as TPS was intended to do.  That is why I support immediate congressional passage of Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez’s American Promise Act.  This bill ensures that if an individual has lived in America under TPS for at least three years, they can stay in the U.S. and pursue a path to naturalization.

“Just last month, I was pleased to meet with a delegation of officials from El Salvador, including leaders of its ruling and opposition political parties, about preserving TPS for Salvadorans.  Despite these officials’ political differences, they were unified on the need to preserve Salvadorans’ TPS.  It is an issue of basic decency that transcends ideology for these officials – and it should be for us as well.”

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