For Immediate Release
Temporary Protection for Vulnerable Migrants Saves Lives and Should be Continued. TPS beneficiaries should be allowed to seek Permanent Residency
Chicago, IL – Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly has declared his intention to end a program known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS) that has allowed some people from certain countries to live in the United States, in the wake of en environmental or political crisis in their home country. If this program is ended, it will affect individuals and families from Haiti, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua who have lived and worked in the United States for many years, and many of whom have put down roots in their communities. Alianza Americas Director, Oscar Chacón had the following reaction to Secretary Kelly’s statements:
Ending these temporary protection programs would be a grave error. It would rip families apart, put people in harm’s way, and take hundreds of thousands of productive workers off of our tax rolls, costing the US millions in tax revenues. In addition, it would harm and potentially destabilize the already-vulnerable countries of origin. The economic support the TPS beneficiaries and other immigrants send to their families in the form of remittances represents the largest source of foreign income in many of these countries.
Many of the beneficiaries of these programs have now lived in the United States for many years. They have raised families, and put down roots in their communities. They have also registered regularly with the United States government, and provided extensive background information. Rather than ending the programs, the Trump administration should support a legislative solution that would allow current TPS beneficiaries to request permanent residency visas. Perhaps even more importantly, the Trump administration should be investing in policies that address the economic, social and political factors that cause people to leave their homes and seek safety in the United States. Our shared goal should be to transform the countries of origin into places where the majority of the population will want to stay. TPS beneficiaries, organized immigrant communities and our allies will redouble our efforts to reach these goals. We invite the governments of countries of origin to support their nationals living abroad and help us in this organizing effort.
Alianza Americas is a network of Latin American and Caribbean immigrant organizations in the United States. Its forty-five organizational members represent more than 100,000 families across 16 states in the United States. It is the only national organization in the U.S. that is rooted in Latino/Caribbean immigrant communities and works transnationally to create an inclusive, equitable, and sustainable way of life.