SEIU Local 1 President Tom Balanoff: “Congress Must Take a Stand Now” to Protect Working Families Under TPS
Trump Administration’s decision will force hundreds of thousands into undocumented status
CHICAGO — Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it is terminating Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for more than 200,000 Salvadorans, the largest group protected under TPS, who have been living and working legally in the U.S. since 2001. The action comes on the heels of November decisions to terminate TPS for more than 45,000 Haitian immigrants and 2,500 Nicaraguan immigrants.
“The Trump Administration’s cruel action today will force hundreds of thousands into undocumented status, tearing working moms and dads from their families and their communities,” said SEIU Local 1 President Tom Balanoff. “Congress must take a stand now against racism, division and bigotry by ensuring TPS holders, many of whom have lived in the U.S. for decades, can continue working and supporting their families. If Congress does not act, we will hold them accountable for their failure at the ballot box in November.”
DHS is providing a grace period of 18 months after which TPS recipients from El Salvador 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, whose status will be reevaluated in May. 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.