Menendez on Trump Administration’s Ending of Temporary Protection Status for El Salvador

Menendez on Trump Administration’s Ending of Temporary Protection Status for El Salvador

   

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J), senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in reaction to the Trump Administration’s decision to sunset the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador. Nearly 200,000 Salvadoran citizens – 6,800 Salvadorans in New Jersey are TPS holders and 3,900 U.S. born children in New Jersey have Salvadoran parents who are TPS holders – will be impacted by this decision.

“The Trump Administration is starting the year making it clear they will continue to be driven by nativist impulses that prevent them from taking into consideration concrete facts before making major policy changes to our immigration system. As we repeatedly warned the White House in our calls for careful considerations for Temporary Protected Status designations, all one needs to do is take a look at the conditions on the ground in El Salvador to understand that ending this program and ordering the return of TPS holders will likely destabilize their fragile recovery efforts and put hundreds of thousands of individuals in harm’s way. Now, having their livelihoods and future endangered, over 200,000 law-abiding Salvadorans will be faced with the cruel decision of packing up their lives and tearing their family apart by self-deporting, or becoming undocumented and forced into the shadows of our society to avoid Trump’s deportation force. Likewise, tens of thousands of American children will also be terribly harmed by this decision as it seeks to strip them from their parents.

“In dealing with an Administration blindly eager to depopulate our nation from law-abiding hard working immigrants at all costs, it is imperative that Congress understand its critical role to defend our moral standing as a nation and find a permanent solution for yet another entire community who will now be undocumented.”

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