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NEA President: America has moral obligation to protect TPS beneficiaries

Lily Eskelsen García: to tear families apart and force to return to El Salvador is inhumane and dangerous

WASHINGTON - January 08, 2018 -

The Trump administration announced its reckless decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for about 200,000 Salvadorans, effectively putting at risk of deportation the lives of thousands of families who have legally worked and resided in the United States for decades. This is the largest group of TPS recipients. Among the affected are the parents to some 190,000 U.S.-born children. TPS allows immigrants from other countries to live and work in the U.S. due to war or natural disasters in their home countries. The Trump administration ended TPS protection for Haitian and Nicaraguan immigrants in November.

NEA adamantly opposes ending TPS protection for beneficiaries from other countries. NEA urges Congress to act in the best interest of our nation by legislating a permanent solution that allows current TPS holders to contribute fully to our society without fear of deportation.

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement:

“Those who benefit from the TPS program are our friends, neighbors, and, yes, our students. They fled some of the world’s most dangerous places and survived some of the worst natural disasters. They have lived and worked lawfully in the United States for decades. They deserve the protection and the ability to stay in our country and continue to contribute to our nation’s economic well-being.

“Tearing families apart and forcing them to return to their countries now is inhumane. Those whom the Trump administration is forcing to return to El Salvador now would risk their lives. It is deeply troubling that this administration continues to move down this path to deport our most vulnerable. That is not what this country is about and that is not what we do. We do not turn our backs on people seeking refuge.

“We urge the Trump administration and Congress to act immediately to put Salvadorans and other TPS holders on a path to permanent status. We have a moral obligation to protect these families.”

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