January 08, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Trump Decision to End Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans & Tear Thousands of Families Apart


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – In response to the Trump administration’s decision to end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for more than 200,000 Salvadorans living in the United States, including 1,300 Illinois residents, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement:

“The Trump administration’s announcement that they will tear families apart and no longer allow America to be a refuge for hundreds of thousands whose lives are at risk in El Salvador is not just shortsighted; it’s heartbreaking and it flies in the face of the values that built this great nation.”

The Trump Administration also ended TPS designations for Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan in 2017. Senator Duckworth is a co-sponsor of the SECURE Act, which would allow Temporary Protected Status recipients, their spouses and their children to keep their families together and apply for legal permanent residency in the United States.