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Napolitano Condemns the Trump Administration’s Decision to End Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans

January 8, 2018
Press Release

(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) condemned the Trump Administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nearly 200,000 Salvadorans living in the United States, issuing the following statement:

“Today’s decision by the Trump Administration is irresponsible and heartless. Not only will it upend the lives of Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries who legally work, contribute to our economy, and serve our communities—nearly 40,000 in California alone—it will devastate the lives of more than 190,000 U.S. citizen children, ripping families apart. This latest attack, now the fourth termination of TPS in four months by this administration, betrays our heritage as a proud nation of immigrants and will do nothing to make us safer. El Salvador is one of the most dangerous countries in the world, which is why thousands continue to flee unimaginable violence. TPS for El Salvador was extended by both the Bush and Obama administrations, which recognized the risks of the forced relocation of individuals back to a nation unable to receive them. America must always open its arms to those seeking refuge, never turning its back. We strongly condemn today’s decision and will do everything we can to stop it.”

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