The deadline for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to decide whether to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador is January 8, 2018. Join us in calling on Congress and urging the administration to do everything in their power to see El Salvador’s TPS designation extended for at least another 18 months.
El Salvador remains unable to adequately handle the safe return of nearly 200,000 Salvadoran TPS holders. In addition to continued acute food, water, and housing shortages, gang violence has reached unprecedented levels—the U.S. State Department reports that more than one in five families are victims of violent crime. El Salvador still suffers from the highest murder rate in the world, and is plagued not only by gang conscription, but also sexual violence and human trafficking.
TPS is designed to protect people from being returned to harm – precisely the conditions El Salvador faces today. Not extending TPS for El Salvador places countless lives at risk of deportation back to life-threatening situations. It would also separate families, including approx. 172,000 U.S. citizen children from a Salvadoran TPS holder parent, devastate our economy, and destabilize regional security that would exacerbate displacement. The administration must extend TPS for El Salvador for at least another 18 months. Congress must do everything in its power to see El Salvador’s TPS designation extended and support a permanent legislative solution for all TPS holders. Failure to do so would be an affront to our American values of hospitality, generosity, and compassion.
Please call and tweet at your Members of Congress and the administration, and urge them to extend TPS for El Salvador for at least another 18 months!