For Immediate Release:
May 4, 2018
ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) urges the Administration to continue the humanitarian program of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for over 86,000 legally present Hondurans since 1998. The program has been extended previously under both Democratic and Republican Administrations. USCRI strongly urges immediate action by Congress to protect all TPS holders, keep families together and provide meaningful humanitarian legal alternatives.
“Today we ask the Administration to support the continuation of this wonderful humanitarian program that has saved the lives of so many. Hondurans currently protected by TPS are law abiding and contributing members of our communities who live, work and pay taxes for the privilege to live legally and safely in the United States,” said Eskinder Negash, President/Chief Executive Officer for USCRI.
The U.S Department of State travel advisory for Honduras reads, “Violent gang activity, such as extortion, violent street crime, rape, and narcotics and human trafficking, is widespread. Local police and emergency services lack the resources to respond effectively to serious crime.” According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Honduras has the highest homicide rate of all countries in the world. Given these conditions it is cruel to rescind our protection and return Hondurans to desperate and unsafe situations.
Earlier this fiscal year the termination of TPS for Nepalis followed the same decision made for those from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan and Liberia, and the closure of the Central American Minor refugee program with thousands of applications still pending. These actions have disrupted the lives of law abiding, tax paying neighbors and friends across the country.
USCRI urges immediate action by Congress to protect all TPS holders, maintain families and provide meaningful legal alternatives for those in need of urgent humanitarian protection.
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.