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Congresswoman Norma Torres

Representing the 35th District of California

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Torres on Decision to End Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans

January 8, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-CA) released the following statement in reaction to the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador:

 

“I am disappointed by President Trump’s decision to upend the lives of nearly 200,000 Salvadorans with Temporary Protected Status and to set back the progress that has been made in Central America. As the founder and co-chair of the Central America Caucus, I have worked with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to bring about improved security and prosperity in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. With increased funding and a strong focus on anti-corruption efforts, we have begun to make progress. Even members of President Trump’s administration have recognized the importance of our work in Central America. Sadly, President Trump’s decision to end TPS for El Salvador could undermine what we have achieved. Most of the nearly 200,000 Salvadoran TPS holders have been away from El Salvador for more than twenty years; sending them back to a country with high unemployment and record levels of violence could lead to more destabilization and ultimately provoke another wave of migration.

 

Salvadorans have 18 months before they lose their status, and TPS holders from many other countries are also in limbo. Now that President Trump has turned his back on TPS holders, Congress must act. I am committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to advance legislation that provides meaningful protection to TPS holders.

 

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Rep. Torres is the founder and co-chair of the Central America Caucus. She is also the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ Foreign Policy and Latin America Task Force, and a member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere in the House Foreign Affairs Committee. In May, the House of Representatives approved H.Res 145, Rep. Torres’ resolution reaffirming congressional support for the fight against corruption in Central America.