“Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has led 44 Members of Congress in a letter to federal immigration authorities arguing that immigrants fleeing violence and disaster in Guatemala and Nicaragua should receive Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Citing the displacement of residents due to the recent volcanic eruption in Guatemala and ongoing violence in Nicaragua, Velázquez is asking the Department of Homeland Security to exercise its powers and provide TPS for 18 months to eligible Guatemalans and for 12 months for eligible Nicaraguans…
“In November of 2017, President Trump’s DHS announced its decision to end TPS protections for approximately 2,000 Nicaraguans living in the United States. In the letter, Velázquez illustrates that since that decision, Nicaragua has experienced significant political turmoil that has resulted in mass protests, compromising the safety and security of its people. Guatemala has formally asked DHS for TPS protections following the Volcan de Fuego eruption, but DHS has yet to respond to the request.
“Velázquez’s letter has been endorsed by 21 immigrant-rights and legal organizations [including the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants].
“’Today we ask the Administration to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Guatemalans and Nicaraguans due to extenuating circumstances in each country. This is a wonderful humanitarian program that has saved the lives of so many. Guatemalans and Nicaraguans 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 U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI).”
Read the full letter here.