CHICAGO – Today, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dealt a harsh blow to families benefiting from the Temporary Protection Status (TPS) program. In its decision, the appeals court ruled Trump has the authority to end the TPS program for beneficiaries from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan. Oscar Chacón, Executive Director of Alianza Americas released this statement:
“The Trump administration terminated TPS ignoring the conditions in their countries of origin and the family, communal, and economic ties that TPS holders have built during years, even decades, of residing in the U.S. This decision is motivated only by the white supremacist agenda of the Trump administration. Today is a sad day for TPS holders from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan. These TPS holders have been living in the U.S. for years, they have built families, working relationships, companies, and around 130,000 are essential workers on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19. The ruling affects us all, especially communities that benefit from the work and tax base paid by TPS holders.The lives and futures of hundreds of thousands of TPS holders and their families, including their children who are U.S. citizens, are now in disarray. We are here to say that TPS holders and their families are not alone. We will continue working to transform existing legislation and public policies in order to ensure that they are inclusive, equitable, and just to the hundreds of thousands of TPS holders and DACA recipients, and the millions of immigrants who reside in the U.S., particularly those who lack the protections of an immigrant visa. This demonstrates that election results matter. Now more than ever, we need everyone who can vote in the upcoming elections to do so. Those who for one reason or another cannot vote, can help others come out to vote! We must vote for our families, for our communities, and for those who cannot do it.”
Alianza Americas is a network of 50 immigrant-led organizations representing more than 100,000 families across the United States. It is the only US-based organization rooted in the Latino and Caribbean immigrant community working transnationally to create an inclusive, equitable and sustainable way of life. Learn more at alianzaeamericas.org.