Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Representing the 12th District of California

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Pelosi Statement on Trump Administration Decision to End Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans

Jan 8, 2018
Press Release

Contact: Ashley Etienne/Henry Connelly, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Trump Administration announced that it will terminate Temporary Protected Status for nationals of El Salvador, with an 18-month deadline:
 
“Today’s decision delivers a heartbreaking blow to nearly a quarter of a million hard-working Salvadorans who are American in every way.  This premature and dangerous decision will tear apart families and shatter communities, hurt the millions of Salvadorans who rely on remittances and cast innocent people into severe danger and economic hardship.  
 
“A recent letter from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and other religious organizations found that ‘El Salvador is in no position to accommodate the return of roughly 200,000 Salvadorans’ because of violence, food insecurity and lasting devastation from natural disasters.  The letter concludes that ‘terminating TPS for El Salvador would likely destabilize this key strategic, regional partner, undermining the tremendous investments of the U.S. government.’
 
“The Trump Administration’s cruel and arbitrary immigration decrees have cast a cloud of fear and uncertainty over millions.  Congress now has a moral duty to provide permanent security for the patriotic, hard-working Salvadorans who contribute to our nation in every way before the 18-month deadline expires.” 
 

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