Sin Barreras denounces in the strongest possible terms Monday’s decision that nearly 200,000 Salvadorans’ TPS status will not be extended. El Salvador was designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) based on long-approved Congressional criteria. Given the current state of violence in El Salvador, this decision is inexplicable and unconscionable.
These families’ losing their status is un-American on every front. More than 50 percent of Salvadorans have lived in the United States for over 20 years: building their lives here, buying homes, starting businesses, raising good citizen children who have known no other life except in the U.S.
A recent survey from the University of Kansas’ Center for Immigration Research shows that:
- TPS holders have high labor force participation: 94% of men and 82% of women are working, with the majority working more than 40 hours per week.
- The average monthly income of survey respondents is $2,910 (men=$3,598; women=$2,054).
- 34% of men and 30% of women survey respondents live in owner-occupied homes.
- 30% of survey respondents volunteered in civic organizations or community groups in the 12 months prior to the survey. Twenty percent (20%) engaged in activities to benefit to their community: donating blood, cleaning streets, etc.
- 80% of survey respondents pay income taxes, including 79% of those who are self-employed. They have contributed to Social Security for an avg. of 15.4 years and 90% file taxes every year.
Such immigration policies have created widespread fear, stress, and anxiety among immigrant parents and their children,, who are frightened to go to school, while their parents are frightened to send their children to the doctor. This will lead to public health issues that will further strain our health care system and weaken our economy.
Finally, El Salvador is widely recognized as one of the most dangerous countries in the world, classified by the US Department of State as “Critical,” with the highest per capita murder rate, hundreds per day, and 25% of the population a victim of some crime. A return to El Salvador for TSP families —a country they haven’t known in nearly two decades—could result in their being extorted or even killed. Meanwhile, 100,000 U.S. citizen children have never known anything but growing up in the U.S.
Why has the Trump administration terminated these TPS designations? Why suddenly render undocumented hundreds of thousands of people who have maintained a lawful immigration status and made enormous contributions to our economy for many years?
Sin Barreras calls on political leaders of all persuasions and all citizens to reject this unnecessary, cruel and punitive policy and to write your political leaders expressing outrage at this decision.