SIREN’s Statement on Trump Administration’s Decisions regarding Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

President Trump’s decision to eliminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nicaraguans and leave Hondurans in limbo is the personification of evil as these families will be forced to return to countries where they are in extreme danger of violence. 

This week, the Department of Homeland Security decided to terminate TPS for nearly 3,000 Nicaraguan nationals and leaves 57,000 Honduran nationals to face uncertainty for another 6 months. In addition, more than 50,000 Haitians will be stripped of work authorization and prioritized for deportation when their TPS expires.

In light of Trump’s clear pattern of treating anyone who is not White as not being Americans, we urge Congress to intervene. This is imperative, not solely on a moral level, but also on an economic level. These very families facing expulsion from the United States are the very families that make up the fabric of this country and support the nation’s economy to make our nation the strongest. The bedrock of the United States is welcoming those seeking protection from turmoil in their home countries. 

As activists, we will not stand by idly as the current federal administration works feverishly to return the United States to era hearkening back to Jim Crow. Regardless of political ideology, the fight for immigrants is a fight for the future of our nation.