Caving once again to the demands of white supremacists in the White House, the Trump administration revoked the legal status of 2,500 Nicaraguan Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders. The decision, effective January 5, 2019, follows the termination earlier this year of TPS for Sudanese nationals, effective November 2018. A decision for 57,000 Honduran TPS holders was deferred, automatically triggering a six month extension. A decision on 50,000 Haitian TPS holders is due this Thanksgiving, but the administration has already signaled its intent to terminate. Tennessee is home to more than 3,400 people with TPS, mainly from El Salvador, Haiti, and Honduras.
Tell your elected officials to protect TPS today! They cannot wait.
Just like ending DACA, revoking the legal status of these hard-working, tax-paying immigrants shows that no one will be spared from Trump’s cruel and extreme policies. It is now up to Congress to pass legislation that protects TPS holders from being deported to countries in no condition to safely receive them. They need a permanent solution that protects them from deportation, allows them to continue to work, and keeps families together.
Since 1990, TPS has saved hundreds of thousands of immigrants from having to return to countries suffering environmental, political, and humanitarian crises. Trump may have broken America’s promise to these people, but Congress can still keep it.