Diaz-Balart: I Am Disappointed and Opposed to DHS Decision to End TPS for Hondurans
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement after the Department of Homeland Security announced it would be ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Honduran nationals living in the United States after a 20 month phase-out period.
“I am disappointed and opposed to the Administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status for Honduran nationals currently residing in the United States. These individuals have integrated themselves into local communities across the country. They have families, productive jobs, and established lives. Crime and murder is rampant in Honduras; forcing these individuals back would be dangerous and inhumane. As I did with the decisions to end TPS for Haitian, Nicaraguan, and Salvadoran nationals who reside in the United States, I strongly urge the Administration to reconsider this decision.”
Diaz-Balart has been a longtime advocate for extending TPS for Honduran, Haitian, Nicaraguan, and Salvadoran nationals residing in the United States. He is a co-sponsor of the ESPERER Act, bipartisan legislation that would grant legal permanent resident status to eligible migrants that received TPS protection prior to January 13, 2011.