Statement on ending TPS status for Central Americans and Haitians

February 8, 2018

Through the recent repeal of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 200,000 Salvadorans, 46,000 Haitians, and 2,550 Nicaraguans and with 57,000 Hondurans with TPS status waiting in the wings, the Trump Administration has accelerated its attack on family unity and demographic and economic diversity in the United States.

There are currently an estimated 325,000 migrants from 13 TPS-designated countries residing in the United States. TPS beneficiaries have an estimated 273,000 children who were born in the United States.1 Salvadoran TPS recipients who live in the United States have 190,000 U.S. citizen children, most studying in U.S. schools and universities. Forcing TPS recipients to leave the United States will divide families, cause suffering and hardship and have a major impact on the U.S. economy in many regions. The labor force participation rates for TPS recipients from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti is 81-88 percent. 2 In addition, forcing people to return to El Salvador and Honduras forces them back to countries where hundreds are fleeing on a daily basis. Central Americans from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador continue to flee economic inequality, youth gangs, drug cartels and their government’s ineffective and abusive approaches to combatting crime. 3 These conditions are behind the wave of women and children who fled through Mexico into the United States from 2014 to the present.

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