***For Immediate Release***
January 8, 2018
Contact, Jeff Sheldon
Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed
Office: (402) 438-8853
Mobile: (402) 840-7289
Nebraska Appleseed Statement on ending Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador
Decision cruelly endangers lives of families and children who have long-standing ties to U.S. communities
LINCOLN — Monday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced it would end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for people from El Salvador effective in 18 months.
TPS allows temporary work authorization for individuals from countries that are still unsafe and unstable to return to. El Salvador remains a country so unsafe the U.S. State Department cautions Americans not to travel there. It has a high level of gang activity and one of the highest murder rates in the world.
In 2017, the Trump Administration also announced the premature end of TPS for people from Haiti, Sudan, and Nicaragua.
Nebraska Appleseed Immigrants & Communities Director Darcy Tromanhauser issued this statement in response:
“It is unconscionable for the Trump Administration to again uproot families with longstanding ties to Nebraska communities and force them to relocate to a country with one of the highest murder rates in the world,” Tromanhauser said. “This is the fourth time in recent months the White House has ended a TPS designation and endangered families, many of whom have children who are U.S. citizens. TPS for El Salvador was established after people were threatened by the U.S.-backed civil war in that country.
“Such careless disregard for the lives of people, many of whom have been living, working, and raising families in the U.S. for close to 20 years, is a moral failure and falls short of America’s values. The people who have survived thanks to receiving TPS have flourished in their new home and have become part of the fabric of their communities. Ending TPS not only puts these families in danger, but rips a hole in our communities to which they contribute.”
More information on TPS holders in Nebraska can be found here.
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