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Lewis Statement on the Administration’s Decision to End TPS for El Salvador

January 8, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman John Lewis (GA) made the following statement in response to the administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of El Salvador living in the United States:

“I strongly oppose today’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadorans living in the United States.  This action, along with the recent announcements ending TPS for Haitians and Nicaraguans living in the United States, does not befit a great and generous nation. 

“This action is yet another example of the administration continued assault on immigrant families and communities.  This decision betrays the trust and protection of American children – American citizens – who were born to Salvadoran parents living peacefully in the United States for nearly 17 years.  These innocent children will now face unimaginable threats to a safe, stable, and secure future. 

“It is a shame and a disgrace that this administration is committed to tearing families apart in its relentless desire to appeal to the worst of human nature – fear, resentment, and xenophobia.  Yet again, Congress will need to act to fix this needless, preventable heartache for more than 200,000 Salvadorans in our country. 

“TPS holders and DREAMers contribute to our country; they are a vital part of the Beloved Community.  Protecting them from deportation and violence should be a top priority for all future legislation.  Time is of the essence, and I will join my colleagues in continuing to fight for a solution for all immigrant families who are endangered by these cruel, heartless, unnecessary decisions.”