Cummings Urges Extension of Temporary Protected Status
Washington, D.C. (November 6, 2017) — Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) issued the following statement urging the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals from Haiti and Central America:
“I am appalled by reports that the Trump Administration plans to end Temporary Protected Status for hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals from Haiti and Central America. This decision 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, El Salvador, and Honduras. These individuals 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.”