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Nearly 400 faith leaders and faith-based organizations unite to urge the administration to extend El Salvador’s TPS designation for at least 18 months

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Jan 4, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. and Church World Service delivered a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, urging the agency to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nearly 200,000 Salvadoran TPS holders for at least another 18 months. The letter was signed by nearly 400 faith leaders and faith-based organizations. As we are called to love our neighbor and welcome the stranger, so too must we ensure families, communities, and our congregations are not torn apart.

The letter was delivered in anticipation of an impending decision by DHS on the fate of the TPS designation for El Salvador. TPS has offered protection to Salvadorans to live and work in the United States while El Salvador struggled to recover after an earthquake struck in 2001. The deadline to decide whether to extend El Salvador’s TPS designation is January 8th. Faith leaders pray that Secretary Nielsen finds compassion in her discernment process to faithfully and meaningfully review the conditions in El Salvador that would result in disastrous and profound consequences for nearly 200,000 people.

TPS is designed to protect people from being returned to harm - precisely the conditions El Salvador faces today. In the letter, faith leaders added: “Subsequent administrations extended TPS for El Salvador due to conditions that prevented Salvadoran TPS holders’ safe return. Forced gang conscription, human trafficking, and sexual exploitation are among the many human rights violations to which children, families, women and men are subjected in El Salvador. In addition, El Salvador has the highest murder rate in the world, and a staggering 6,657 homicides were recorded in the country in 2015, a 70 percent increase from the year prior.”

Communities of faith recognize that Salvadoran TPS holders are integral community members. Many are married to permanent legal residents, and more than 192,000 U.S. citizen children have a TPS-holder parent. The economic contributions to the U.S. economy made by Salvadoran TPS holders were also mentioned, as well as the role of remittances in helping to stabilize the Salvadoran economy and promote regional security.

To read the full text of the letter, please click here.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 12:30pm