Today, the Trump administration terminated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador. An estimated 200,000 Salvadorans have been living in the United States for nearly two decades with TPS, which gave them the opportunity to rebuild their lives here--working hard, buying homes, and raising families. TPS holders from El Salvador are parents to an estimated 192,000 U.S. citizen children.
This morning, these families learned that they will have until September of next year to leave the United States and return to their home country. El Salvador is unprepared to handle the return of hundreds of thousands of its citizens, threatening the stability of the country and the safety of those forced to return.
One of those affected by today's announcement is TIRRC member, Reina, who owns a restaurant in Nashville. She has lived in this community for 20 years. She told the Tennessean, "If I were to return to El Salvador, I would have no way to sustain myself. It would be really sad for me to leave my family. My kids are here and my grandkids are here. And I don't know what would happen to my employees; it would have major consequences for them."
Today's shameful and cruel decision is just another example of the administration's anti-immigrant and white supremacist agenda. The decision to terminate TPS for El Salvador follows the president's recent terminations of TPS for Sudan, Nicaragua, and Haiti. Combined with the termination of DACA, Trump has ripped away protections from over 1 million people and thrown them into the deportation pipeline. This is mass deportation.
When asked what she would do following today's announcement, Reina told the Tennessean:
The one thing I know is I'm not going to give up. I'm going to keep fighting.
We need you to stand with Reina and join the fight to #SaveTPS. Here are two things you can do today:
1. Contact your Member of Congress: Several bi-partisan bills have been introduced in Congress that would extend protections to TPS holders. They need to hear from you. Will you take 1 minute to send a message to your representatives?
2. Invest in our work: We're organizing a powerful movement of TPS holders from impacted countries. Can you make a donation today to support our TPS campaign?