SEIU Local 1 Slams Republican Leaders for Allowing Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Expire for Working Families
CHICAGO — Today the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it is terminating Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for more than 2,500 Nicaraguans who have been living and working legally in the U.S. since January of 1999.
“Today’s heartless action will uproot working families who have been here legally for decades and force them to an undocumented status, which is why now more than ever we must stand united against racism, division and bigotry,” said SEIU Local 1 President Tom Balanoff. “Congress now has a moral obligation to act quickly to ensure that TPS holders can keep their jobs, be protected from deportation and continue to support their families.”
DHS is providing a grace period of 14 months after which TPS recipients from Nicaragua must leave the U.S. or be deported. The announcement makes clear that the same fate is likely for more than 57,000 Hondurans with TPS, about 195,000 Salvadorans, and it bodes poorly for the fate of another 50,000 Haitians as well as smaller numbers of working people from four other countries awaiting decisions within the next year. In all, more than 300,000 working people who have been legally present here for years face likely expulsion unless Congress acts to protect them.
SEIU members include foreign-born U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and immigrants authorized to work in the United States. Many SEIU Local 1 members have mixed-status families, they will continue to speak out support of TPS extension until Congress does the right thing.