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In an article for Roll Call, Camila DeChalus brings attention to yet another looming family separation crsis. TPS holder parents and their more than 273,000 U.S. citizen children face separation if forcibly deported after the Trump administration terminated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for six countries with continued deteriorating conditions including El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan.
If Congress doesn’t act, hundreds of thousands of American children will face imminent separation from their families.
DeChalus’ article is excerpted below:
As lawmakers try to find a legislative solution to keep immigrant families together at the U.S.-Mexico border, an even bigger family separation challenge looms next year when thousands of parents with temporary residency status will face deportation and separation from their U.S.-born children.
The Trump administration has said it will terminate so-called Temporary Protected Status for nearly 60,000 Haitians in July 2019, more than 262,000 Salvadorans in September 2019 and 57,000 Hondurans in January 2020.
More than 273,000 U.S. born children have a parent with TPS from these countries, according to a report from the Center for Migration Studies, a think tank.
More than 300,000 people with TPS protections live in the United States from 10 countries including Nepal, Nicaragua, Yemen, South Sudan, Syria, Somalia and Sudan. Over the past few months, the Trump administration has terminated other TPS designations including for Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan.