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Experts Call on DHS to Extend Protections for 200,000 Salvadorans with TPS

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DHS Decision for El Salvador Expected Monday

A recording of today’s call is available here.

Washington, D.C. — On a press call this afternoon, economic experts, faith leaders, and immigrant advocates demanded that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continue the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador.

Mark Drury, Vice President of Business Development, Shapiro & Duncan, Inc., said:

We are very busy and the biggest threat we face is not being able to achieve our strategic goals because of the lack of human capital in our industry.  We are struggling to find enough qualified employees to tackle what we already have in the pipeline. We can’t begin to take on the workload that is currently on the market without adding additional capacity and by increasing the strength of our most important resource — human capital.

Dennis Stinchcomb, Assistant Director for Research, Center for Latin American & Latino Studies at American University, said:

El Salvador remains in a precarious position, with recurring climatic events, infrastructural challenges, limited employment opportunities, and a heavy dependence on remittances.  Safety and security have emerged as monumental challenges for El Salvador, while corruption and impunity have stymied efforts at effective governance. These present-day factors compel the conclusion that El Salvador remains unable to adequately handle the return of TPS beneficiaries in the U.S.

Oscar Chacón, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Alianza Americas, said:

Up to this point, the Trump Administration has given us no reason to believe that anything other than xenophobia is driving its decisions on immigration policy.  As Secretary Nielsen deliberates this important inaugural decision as the new head of Department of Homeland Security, it is important that she consider matters of fact—not fear-mongering—on behalf of the American people. The truth — vetted by economists, think tanks, experts on both sides of the political aisle — is that Temporary Protected Status is good for national security, regional stability, the US economy, and our families and communities. Ending this program puts lives in danger and runs against the very American values that the Trump administration purports to defend.