The New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice Responds to End of TPS for Salvadorans

For Immediate Release

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Newark, NJ –  As of this morning, the Trump administration ended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for over 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants residing in the United States by the administration with expiration date of September 9th, 2019 to leave the country. This is following a November decision which ended TPS for over 60,000 Haitians, Nicaraguans and Sudanese nationals. Many of the Salvadorans are humanitarian migrants who have fled natural disasters and deteriorating conditions in El Salvador since 2001. This decision to end TPS for Salvadorans has again demonstrated the utmost disregard for human rights of migrants and their families as it will not only affect the TPS holders themselves but also their 190,000 U.S-born children who will be separated from their parents if no action is taken to stop this targeted xenophobic and detrimental policy decision. New Jersey is home to over 6,900 Salvadorans TPS holder and their 3,900 U.S born children. We will not stand by while our immigrant communities continue to be threatened and families are separated by deportation. We join our Haitian, Nicaraguan, Sudanese, and Salvadoran brothers and sisters to call on Congress to take immediate steps to protect immigrant communities and keep our families together before the September 9th extension date expires. Congress members must work across party lines to enact legislation which will create a pathway towards legal permanent residency for all TPS immigrants and other immigrants in the United States.