Trump’s zero tolerance border policy, which has led to unconscionable family separations, is not the only policy threatening to tear immigrant families apart. The termination of temporary protected status (TPS) for 406,000 immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and Honduras is also a dire threat to immigrant families. TPS allows immigrants from countries affected by natural disasters, violence, and other dangers to remain in the US until conditions in their home nations improve. The designation is reviewed regularly and has been renewed 14 times for Hondurans, 13 times for Salvadorans, and 4 times for Haitians. US diplomats from each of these countries, as well as the US Southern Command, have urged the Trump administration to leave TPS in place, noting that deporting TPS recipients en masse will only worsen their home nations’ instability. Nevertheless, the Trump administration has terminated TPS protections for Haiti, El Salvador, and Honduras. TPS ends first for Haitians in late July 2019, for Salvadorans in mid-September 2019, and for Hondurans in January 2020.
273,000 children of TPS recipients are US-born citizens who have never lived in their parents’ home countries. With the end of TPS, however, parents will have to choose between uprooting their children’s lives to move back to their dangerous home countries, remaining in the US illegally, or leaving their children behind altogether. No parent should ever have to face this impossible choice. Congress must call upon the president to reverse the TPS termination decisions and craft legislation to authorize permanent residency and a pathway to citizenship for TPS recipients who have called this country home for years.
Call this office:
Rep Michael R. Turner 202-225-6465
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from Dayton.
I’m calling to urge Rep. Michael R. Turner to advocate for the temporary protected status termination to be reversed and for a pathway to citizenship for TPS recipients. Returning TPS recipients to still-dangerous home countries will put their lives at risk, further destabilize their birth nations, and separate thousands of people from their US-born, citizen children.
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