Congressman Serrano on Trump Administration Decision to End TPS Program
Washington, DC – Congressman Serrano today released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Temporary Protected Status program that temporarily gives asylum to and protect immigrants from Nicaragua, and to leave TPS holders from Honduras in limbo. Both countries that have been affected by natural disasters in recent years and economic difficulties.
“This decision by the Trump Administration is one more ‘check-the-box’ action in its anti-immigrant agenda. Failing to renew TPS status for Nicaragua paves the way for the deportation of tens of thousands of individuals who are in this country legally, in many cases have lived in the U.S. for many years, have U.S. born children, and for whom going back to their home country is not a realistic option. The decision to delay any action concerning the TPS status of Honduras is also troubling, since it continues to leave Hondurans with TPS status uncertain of their future.
“Immigrants with TPS status contribute to our economy and only make our industries and local communities stronger. This is particularly true in the Bronx, where we have a large Honduran community. Today’s decisions will only wreak havoc on immigrant families and industries that are an integral part of our communities. TPS is also a matter of regional stability and national security – the revocation of TPS will only worsen ongoing crises and destabilize already fragile countries in our region. Instead of getting rid of Temporary Protected Status we should immediately consider the American Promise Act, which would allow ensure these individuals can remain in the country and pursue a path to naturalization,” said Congressman Serrano.
Congressman José E. Serrano has represented The Bronx in Congress since 1990. He is a Senior member of the House Appropriations Committee.