“TPS holders and their families are not bargaining chips. They deserve a permanent solution, one that only Congress can give.”
Below is statement from Douglas Rivlin, Director of Communication for America’s Voice, on the agreement between the U.S. and El Salvadoran governments regarding the announcement of a one-year reprieve for Salvadorans with TPS.
Although there are many other details still to learn, among Salvadoran families with TPS holders today here is a brief sigh of relief. We welcome any good news that allows our Salvadoran brothers and sisters an extended reprieve from the fears of deportation and family separation.
But it is just that — a temporary extension. This agreement only delays the possible looming deportation of an estimated 265,000 Salvadoran TPS holders who are embedded into every corner of American society. It is a temporary situation that punts protections from deportations down the road for Salvadoran TPS holders.
The announcement today does not cover the hundreds of thousands of TPS holders from other countries who still need immediate congressional action before injunctions regarding their immigration status expire. It is not a solution for the hundreds of thousands of families, employers, students, workers, and neighbors in countless cities and towns across the country whose lives will be turned upside if TPS is allowed to end.
We must not forget the state of limbo all 400,000 TPS holders exist in, anxiously awaiting a decision from the courts for a ruling on whether they are able to stay in their homes, with their families, their businesses open, in their communities, or are forced into the shadows or deported to a country they no longer know.
TPS holders and their families are not bargaining chips. They deserve a permanent solution, one that only Congress can give.