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.
Last night, as families prepared to celebrate Thanksgiving, the Trump administration cruelly announced their decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 50,000 Haitians. This decision is shameful and unconscionable, but unfortunately not surprising for this administration. Since his inauguration, Trump has been carrying out his extreme agenda of mass deportations: conducting massive raids, terminating the DACA program, and ending TPS for Nicaragua, Sudan, and now Haiti.
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.