Curbelo Comments on the Homeland Security Decision on Nicaraguan, Honduran TPS
Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), lead sponsor of bipartisan legislation that would grant legal permanent resident status to Nicaraguan, Salvadoran, Honduran and Haitian immigrants granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS), issued the following statement regarding last night’s announcement by the Department of Homeland Security temporarily extending TPS for Hondurans and ending it for Nicaraguans:
“While hoping and waiting they would be able to return to their native countries for years, Nicaraguan, Salvadoran, Honduran and Haitian immigrants have become essential parts of the South Florida community by contributing to our local economy and our culture. While I’m disappointed in the Administration’s announcement, these continued short-term extensions have created anxiety and uncertainty not only for these immigrants and their families, but also for their employers and neighbors whose prosperity also depends on them. Congress has an opportunity to change that, and I’m grateful the Administration has called for a permanent solution from Congress.
“We have a responsibility to our constituents to address the status of both TPS immigrants and DACA recipients. There are multiple legislative solutions that have already been introduced to address DACA recipients as well as TPS immigrants, including my bipartisan RAC Act and ESPERER Act. I urge Speaker Ryan and House leaders to allow these — or any other proposals — to move forward quickly so we can give these TPS immigrants and DREAMers the peace of mind to continue giving back to their communities, contributing to our economy and supporting their families.”
The bipartisan Extending Status Protection for Eligible Refugees (ESPERER) Act Curbelo introduced last week with Representatives Frederica Wilson (FL-24), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) and Alcee Hastings (FL-20) would allow qualified immigrants that arrived to the United States and received TPS protection prior to January 13, 2011, to adjust their status to legal permanent resident status. ESPERER, means “hope” in French. A PDF of the legislation is available here.
Curbelo introduced the bipartisan Recognizing America’s Children (RAC) Act, which would provide three paths to legal status for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, earlier this year. According to a Niskanen Center report, passage of the RAC Act would increase gross domestic product (GDP) by $79 billion over ten years and create 115,000 new jobs.