Gutiérrez: “Ending TPS For Haitians is a Tragedy and a Great Injustice”
Washington, D.C. – Rep Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) says the decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians is a great injustice coming just as Americans are celebrating a season of generosity and good tidings. Last night, the Department of Homeland Security announced that approximately 59,000 Haitians living and working in the United States for at least seven years would lose protection from deportation in July 2019. The Trump Administration is systematically taking away deportation protections from long-term residents with temporary status, dismantling America’s commitment to refugees and asylum seekers, and aggressively targeting productive, long-term immigrants for deportation. The following is a statement by Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, a Member of the House Judiciary Committee and the Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Task Force on Immigration.
Ending TPS for Haitians is a tragedy and a great injustice. President Trump’s decision means taking 59,000 people who have been living, working and raising families in this country for many years and forcing them back into the underground of limited rights and the constant threat of deportation. Trump’s agenda is clear – he wants to delegitimize immigrants and immigration while playing to the xenophobic elements of the Republican political base.
Obviously, any pretense the White House had to say they are working towards solutions on immigration, working to restore the DACA program, or trying to work with Democrats to resolve immigration and refugee issues is complete and utter boloney. Trump wants fewer people of color in this country and is dismantling programs that grant individuals protection from deportation so that he can deport more families and productive members of American society.
Our goal should be a system where immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers who qualify under our laws are allowed to live and work in the open, playing by established rules that are evenly and humanely enforced, but the President clearly disagrees with that approach.
The Haitian people in this country enrich our lives and strengthen our economy, while helping to alleviate the severe political, economic and infrastructure problems that still afflict Haiti less than a decade after the 2010 earthquake crippled the nation.
Like everything associated with this President, this is a short-sighted, self-inflicted wound – an unforced error that harms the United States and our standing in the world.
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