Administration Pushes Racist Agenda Forward, Turns Their Back on Families

For Immediate Release: May 04, 2018

Administration Pushes Racist Agenda Forward, Turns Their Back on Families

 (WASHINGTON)—The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), along with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and Make the Road New York (MRNY) issued the statement below after the Trump administration announced the decision on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Honduran people.

Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), said:

“This administration continues to push forward an agenda of hate and vile racism at the expense of millions if immigrants who call this country home. The decision to end TPS for 57,000 Honduran people is yet another cruel move on their path to make America white again. These families have created lives here after fleeing violence and natural disasters in Honduras. Losing their legal status puts them in danger of deportation.

This is not who we are as a country. We cherish our values of opportunity and equality, not divisive policies that pit our communities against each other. This is simply cruel. We urge Congress to step up and create a permanent solution for Hondurans, as well as people from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Liberia and Nepal who have also had their TPS eliminated.” 

Angelica Salas, CHIRLA executive director, said:

“Once again the Administration has taken away the legal status of another community without blinking an eye. It is a travesty that while we have Central American families at the US/Mexico border seeking asylum to protect their lives and future, the Trump Administration cancels the protection from deportation for tens of thousands of Honduran families. There is clear evidence Honduras is facing dire conditions and uprooting TPS recipients from what is now their home in the U.S. is cruel and unnecessary punishment.”

Maria Rubio, member of Make the Road New York and Honduran immigrant residing in Brooklyn, issued the following statement on behalf of the organization’s more than 22,000 members:

“The administration’s decision to end TPS for Hondurans is an enormous blow to our community, which has already suffered so much from Trump’s onslaught against immigrant families. Hondurans came to the U.S. seeking safety and security. We have built our homes and our lives here, and now those who have had TPS in our community are facing the threat of deportation and separation from their sons and daughters. Trump and his appointees keep refusing to see the contributions we make to this country and recognize the conditions on the ground in our home countries. But we will not give up. TPS holders, undocumented people, Green Card holders, naturalized citizens--all of us will continue to fight to remain in the country we now call home.”