January 08, 2018

Rep Lee Statement on Trump Admin Rescinding TPS for El Salvador

Washington, D.C. –  Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s decision to end Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for over 200,000 Salvadoran nationals in the United States:

“Today, the Trump Administration has once again decided to turn their backs on TPS recipients. This program provides a refuge for more than 200,000 Salvadorans, who fled disaster, warfare and violence. Forcing them to return to El Salvador – one of the most dangerous countries in the world, which many have not seen in decades – would put innocent lives needlessly at risk.

“These families have been part of our communities for over 20 years and they deserve our help. Instead, the Trump Administration has chosen to punish them for conditions they have no control over.

“We must do better for the TPS recipients who have fled unimaginable tragedy to make a new life in the United States."