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Congressman Luis Gutierrez

Representing the 4th District of Illinois

Trump is Creating Another Immigration Tragedy by Killing TPS

November 7, 2017
Press Release
“The cost of electing a President with deep-seated animosity towards Latinos and immigrants is becoming more real – and more tragic – every day.”

Washington, DC – Yesterday, the Trump Administration announced it is cancelling Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nicaraguans in the United States, terminating the work authorization and protection from deportation for approximately 2,500 individuals who have lived, worked, and raised families in the U.S. for almost two decades.  This is the latest round of news on the TPS program and further terminations are expected that could end TPS status for 57,000 Hondurans and the other people currently protected by TPS (the overall estimate is 320,000 people from 10 countries).  The next decision date is on November 23 for approximately 50,000 Haitians living and working in the United States.

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL), a Member of the House Judiciary Committee and the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, issued the following statement:

The President does not have a mandate to turn documented immigrants into undocumented immigrants so that it is easier to deport them, yet by terminating TPS and the DACA (the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, that is exactly what he is doing.  He is uprooting millions of lives that have been established in the United States, families that are deeply ingrained in American communities, businesses that help our economy and working men and women who contribute to our success.  It is an avoidable tragedy that the President is inflicting on our nation.

Our goal for immigration should be to have a system where people can come legally with visas instead of smugglers and where we fully incorporate immigrants who already live here and have deep roots in the U.S. into our society so that everyone is playing by a clear, permanent, and enforceable set of rules.  That is not the direction Donald Trump is taking us in when he eliminates legal status for immigrants already here and proposes deep cuts to legal immigration for anyone coming in the future.  The President’s approach leads to greater illegality, less control, more chaos and tremendous hardship for families that call the United States their home.

‘Blood and soil’ immigration policies taken straight from the White Supremacist playbook are coming into clear view as the President hurdles down the nativist road towards a walled-off America.  For hundreds of thousands of American citizens with parents and other family members with TPS, this President is aggressively trying to destroy their families, end their American dreams and cleanse American communities of their continued presence.  The cost of electing a President with deep-seated animosity towards Latinos and immigrants is becoming more real – and more tragic – every day.

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