STATEMENT – USCRI Opposes Decision to End Humanitarian Program for Nicaraguans, Leaving Thousands of Families Under Threat of Separation
For Immediate Release:
November 8, 2017
ARLINGTON, VA –
The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) strongly opposes the decision by the White House to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nicaraguans. We also urge the Administration to extend TPS for approximately 300,000 Hondurans and Salvadorans and keep the families together with their American citizen children.
“This announcement upends the lives of thousands of legal immigrants who for more than sixteen years have lived, worked, paid taxes, opened businesses and acted as contributing members of our communities,” said Eskinder Negash, Acting Chief Executive Officer (USCRI). “Ending TPS for many Central Americans will mean leaving U.S. citizen children without their parent(s) or forcing them to follow their parents to countries they do not know and with the highest murder rates in the world where many could face forced gang recruitment with weak governmental institutions unable to protect them. Thousands of people are fleeing these countries seeking safety. To send people back to dangerous conditions can put their lives at risk contrary to our American values and human rights,” Mr. Negash stated.
USCRI recommends immediate action by Congress to resolve the question of TPS holders and enable them to transition to permanent status and a clear pathway to safety and citizenship. Individuals holding Temporary Protected Status are thoroughly vetted at least every 18 months, work and pay taxes and pay fees for every TPS renewal.
For over 100 years, USCRI has protected the rights and addressed the needs of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide and supported their transition to a dignified life.