Congressman Serrano on Trump Termination of TPS for El Salvador
Washington, DC – Congressman José E. Serrano today released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for immigrants from El Salvador. Last year, President Trump also terminated the TPS program for Nicaragua and Haiti.
“Thousands of families and individuals who are in this country legally will suffer the agony of having to suddenly uproot their life and face an uncertain future with the termination of the TPS program for El Salvador. Many of these families live in New York City and in the Washington, DC area. They are our neighbors, friends and co-workers and an integral parts of our community. Today’s decision not only will only wreak havoc on thousands of families, including innocent children, who are in this country legally. It will also have an impact on the countless businesses run by or sustained by people from El Salvador.
“Ending TPS programs for Central American countries will also have an immediate impact on regional stability and ultimately our national security – the revocation of TPS will only worsen ongoing crises and destabilize already fragile countries in the region. The Trump Administration’s approach is cruel and misguided, we should instead be working to pass legislation like the American Promise Act, which would ensure TPS recipients can remain in the country indefinitely while the situation in their native countries improve,” 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.