WASHINGTON— Today, the Department of Homeland Security extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for residents from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti, and Sudan until January 2, 2020. Previously, the Trump Administration attempted to terminate the temporary status of TPS holders, but that decision was blocked by the courts. In response, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva issued the following statement:
“After the Trump Administration cruelly threw the lives of TPS holders into disarray in an illegal revocation of their temporary immigration status, it was high-time that the Department of Homeland Security extended their status after the court ruling. Xenophobia should never be the driving force of immigration policy, and DHS should also extend TPS status to those from Nepal and Honduras after they callously removed their protections in 2018.
“Immigrants who have lived here for decades and contributed to our country should not be deported back to countries rife with violence. I will support policy proposals that uphold the humanity of immigrants and provide permanent protections and a pathway to citizenship for those with TPS.”
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