Cummings Condemns Administration Salvadoran Temporary Protected Status Decision

January 8, 2018
Press Release

January 8, 2018—Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) issued the following statement condemning the Trump Administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadorans in September 2019 and urging the passage of legislation to codify protections for Salvadorans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and other TPS recipients living in the United States:

“The Trump administration has decided to continue its cruel immigration policy with today’s announcement ending TPS for hundreds of thousands of Salvadorans living in the United States.  I have said time and again that ending TPS cruelly and needlessly upends the lives of these individuals and the lives of their children while adding to the profound challenges that El Salvador, and other TPS-designated countries, continue to face.  Today’s decision harms regional stability and does not reflect the reality on the ground in El Salvador.

“TPS recipients have been repeatedly and thoroughly vetted by the United States.  They have become an integral part of our society and many have U.S. citizen children.  The administration has decided it is more important to destroy families rather than protect them by allowing these individuals to remain in the United States.

“Congress must act to protect TPS recipients. I 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.”