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New Year, Same Trump: Sunsets Temporary Protected Status for Nearly 200,000 Salvadorans

For Immediate Release: January 8, 2018

 New Year, Same Trump: Sunsets Temporary Protected Status for Nearly 200,000 Salvadorans

(WASHINGTON)— Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below after the Trump administration announced the decision on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadoran people:

“This administration has started the new year pushing the same anti-immigrant, ethnic cleansing agenda. In a heartless and cruel attack on our community, DHS has ended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 195,000 Salvadoran people—the largest population to have their TPS ended. This is the fourth termination of TPS in a span of three months, and yet another attack to add to the list of executive actions and policies that target people of color.

People with TPS have fled devastating conditions in their native countries and have built their lives here. They work, pay taxes and give back to their communities. They have more than 270,000 U.S.-born citizen children who would be separated from their parents, or be forced to relocate to a country foreign to them by a group of racists who do not understand their sacrifices.

This is ethnic cleansing; it is a systematic forced removal of an ethnic group of people. Congress needs to step up and do what’s right: create a permanent solution immediately and give these families security.”

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The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) is the nations largest immigrant-rights coalition, with grassroots organizations fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state and federal level. For more information, go to www.fairimmigration.org or follow us on Twitter @Re4mImmigration.

 

 

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Senators Introduce Bill to Protect 320,000 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Holders

For Immediate Release: November 16, 2017

Senators Introduce Bill to Protect 320,000 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Holders

(WASHINGTON)— Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below after Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced a new bill to protect TPS holders:

“The bill introduced today by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) provides a permanent legislative solution with a path to citizenship for the more than 320,000 TPS holders who are facing uncertainty with upcoming TPS designation renewals, as well as those whose TPS status has been unjustly terminated. More importantly, this bill will keep families together in the communities they have built for years.

This legislation recognizes the urgency of this moment as hundreds of thousands of families’ lives hang in the balance. The Trump administration has already terminated TPS for Nicaragua and Sudan.

This bill compliments legislation that was introduced earlier this month in the House. It’s time for Congress to take the next step and pass bills to protect TPS holders. For years, and in some instances decades, these folks have been contributing to their communities. Congress needs to act now to pass a permanent solution and stop Trump’s ethnic cleansing agenda.”

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In TPS Decision for Sudan Trump’s Administration Continues to Side with White Supremacists

For Immediate Release: September 19, 2017

In TPS Decision for Sudan Trump’s Administration Continues to Side with White Supremacists

(WASHINGTON)— Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below after the Trump administration terminated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudanese people:

“This cruel action by Trump’s Administration confirms their anti-Muslim sentiments. Nearly 1,000 Sudanese people who have built their lives in the United States for decades, will be sent back to Sudan. These families have deep roots in their communities. They are our friends and our neighbors.

TPS was created to help people facing unlivable conditions from war, environmental disasters and other harmful conditions. Ending this program is not reflective of who we are as a country: compassionate people who believe everyone should have a chance at living a fulfilled life.

We denounce the Administration’s decision and urge them to reverse it and renew TPS for the additional eight countries for the full 18 months. Republicans in Congress need to stand up for what’s right and protect communities with TPS.”

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