Cummings Condemns Administration Haitian Temporary Protected Status Decision

November 21, 2017
Press Release

Baltimore, M.D. (November 21, 2017) – Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) issued the following statement condemning the Trump Administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians in July 2019 and urging the passage of legislation to codify protections for Haitians, Salvadorans, and other TPS recipients living in the United States:

“I am appalled that the Trump Administration has announced the end of TPS for tens of thousands of Haitians living in the United States.  As I have stated before, ending TPS will cruelly and needlessly upend their lives and the lives of their children while adding to the profound humanitarian challenges that continue to grip Haiti. I urge the administration to reconsider this decision, and to extend TPS for El Salvador, Honduras, and other countries as those statuses come up for renewal in the coming months.”

“I also again call upon Speaker Ryan to bring legislation to the floor that will protect these individuals from removal, protect DREAMers, and enact comprehensive immigration reform.”

“TPS recipients have been repeatedly vetted by the United States. They pay taxes, own homes and businesses, and many have children who are U.S. citizens. The United States has always been a land of compassion where immigrants from around the world have been given the opportunity to fulfill their greatest potential. Rather than destroy the lives of families who have found refuge here from natural disasters and economic despair, the Trump Administration should act to ensure that individuals on TPS can continue to work and support themselves and their families and contribute both to the United States and to the reconstruction of their home countries.”