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Congressman Joaquin Castro

Representing the 20th District of Texas

Castro Statement on Termination of TPS for El Salvadorans

Jan 8, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), First Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) of over 200,000 Salvadorans living in the United States:

“Revoking the Temporary Protected Status of hundreds of thousands of people who live and work in the United States is the Trump Administration’s latest attack on immigrants that will have negative consequences for our nation. TPS recipients submit to regular background checks, received work authorizations, and have children who are American citizens. These hardworking individuals enrich the United States’ economy, especially in Texas where over 30,000 Salvadorans reside. 

“Previous administrations determined that forcing the return of Salvadorans to their country would  be a threat to their personal safety. The Trump Administration’s failure to extend the TPS designation for these individuals paves the way for the deportation of hundreds of thousands of people and endangers their lives. This decision comes shortly after the administration’s November decision to end protections for hardworking citizens of Haiti and Nicaragua. The President is relentless in pushing his anti-immigrant agenda, to the detriment of all Americans.”