STATEMENT: Rep. Jimmy Gomez on Trump Administration Decision to End Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadorans
Washington, January 8, 2018
Ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 200,000 Salvadorans, while tragic, is no surprise from a President that continually sides with hate and xenophobia.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jimmy Gomez (D – Los Angeles) issued the following statement after the Trump administration announced the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador, with an 18-month deadline:
“Ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 200,000 Salvadorans, while tragic, is no surprise from a President that continually sides with hate and xenophobia. TPS holders are legal immigrants, thoroughly vetted by the government, who have contributed to our economy and communities for years. California alone, with an estimated 39,400 Salvadoran TPS workers, would suffer a GDP loss of $2.4 billion a year. Yet, the decision is as unwise as it is dangerous. I call on my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to immediately protect TPS holders and pass the American Promise Act.”
On November 1, 2017, Congressman Jimmy Gomez led a letter with 78 colleagues in Congress urging the White House and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to renew TPS for Central America, Haiti, and Syria. Rep. Jimmy Gomez is a co-sponsor of the American Promise Act, legislation that creates a path to permanent, lawful residency for individuals who currently receive TPS and Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED).