FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2017
Ehmonie Hainey, ehmonie (at) jwj.org, 202-393-1044 x106
In response to President Donald Trump’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nicaraguans, Jobs With Justice Executive Director Sarita Gupta issued the following statement:
The Trump administration continues to demonstrate that it will do anything to strip dignity and basic protections away from immigrants and working people.
The 300,000 Nicaraguan, Honduran, Haitian and Salvadoran individuals who count on TPS to live and work in the U.S. contribute to our society, communities, and economies in myriad ways. They are our neighbors – some, for decades. They pay taxes, own businesses, create jobs, and are homeowners. Many of them are home health professionals, providing care to millions of Americans, as well as construction workers, who currently are helping the hurricane recovery efforts in Florida and Houston. They are parents to over 275,000 children who are U.S. citizens, and the administration has no plan to address the breakup of these families.
The countries they were forced to leave have not fully recovered from natural disasters or civil unrest. These families since have made America their home. Ending TPS upends the lives of thousands, and mass deportation within these communities simply is inhumane.
Jobs With Justice does not stand by the administration’s decision to end TPS for Nicaraguans. We urge them to reconsider, as well as take action to extend TPS for Hondurans, Haitians and Salvadorans. Jobs With Justice continues to resist white supremacist actions displayed as hatred towards immigrant communities.