Diaz-Balart: I am in Strong Disagreement with DHS Decision to End TPS for Salvadorans
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement after the Department of Homeland Security announced they would be ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadoran nationals living in the United States after an 18 month phase out period.
“I am in strong disagreement with the Administration’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadoran nationals who reside in the United States. These innocent people fled their home country after a disastrous earthquake, and while living conditions may have slightly improved, El Salvador now faces a significant problem with drug trafficking, gangs, and crime. Since 2001, these people have established themselves in the United States, making countless contributions to our society and our local communities. It would be devastating to send them home after they have created a humble living for themselves and their families. As I did with the decisions to end TPS for Haitian, Nicaraguan, and Honduran 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 Salvadoran, Haitian, Nicaraguan, and Honduran 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.