Congress must act, protect immigrant families
We are all immigrants to this great land unless You are Native Americans.
All eyes are needed on an issue in Washington, D.C., that’s getting little news coverage. The Trump administration is ripping away Temporary Protected Status (TPS) status from thousands of families and is preparing to send recipients to very dangerous situations, whether it’s war in Sudan or post-hurricane devastation in Haiti.
Lives are in grave danger.
This is unAmerican. The words at the base of our Statue of Liberty, welcoming the “tempest-tossed” to our shores, have in many ways defined our country. Allowing people to apply for TPS if something catastrophic happens in their country of origin — like war, famine, a natural disaster, or an epidemic — is part of our history.
TPS holders are our friends, employers, family, and neighbors. The majority of TPS holders have been in the U.S. for many years, even decades, because their countries are unsafe. In fact, over 273,000 children of TPS holders grew up in the United States and know no other home. If TPS is terminated, these parents will be forced to decide whether to be separated from their children or bring them into harm’s way. It’s morally wrong that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is being ripped away from families which will separate thousands of children from their parents.
Our elected leaders must take immediate action to permanently protect TPS holders, to pass the Dream Act, and to move forward comprehensive immigration reform. The diversity of our nation is what makes us strong and prosperous; not the opposite.