WASHINGTON—In response to the announcement that the Trump administration will terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement:
“Today’s announcement is heartbreaking, immoral, and simply inhumane. Salvadoran TPS holders have relied on this humanitarian protection to safeguard them from being deported to a country that continues to experience extreme violence and extraordinary conditions. They are hardworking, contributing members of our society who pay taxes and bring stability to our economy and national security. This decision will harm nearly 200,000 Salvadoran TPS holders, and their over 190,000 U.S. citizen children. Hundreds of thousands of families will be torn apart by this administration’s senseless decision if Congress does not come together immediately to find a humane solution for TPS holders.”
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its 200-plus member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.