South Dade News Leader: Congress Must Act to Let TPS Immigrants Stay
By Carlos Curbelo
In the United States, this decision not only impacts immigrants, but also their families, employers, and neighbors whose prosperity depends on them. For 20 years, TPS has allowed immigrants to live and work in the United States. Many have made their home in our country – raising families and establishing businesses that have benefitted our economy and enhanced our culture.
Despite my disappointment in the Administration’s decision, I was pleased Acting DHS Secretary Duke call for Congress to act and find a permanent solution for these immigrants. We in the Congress have a responsibility to find a solution for these long-term TPS recipients who have been living under anxiety and uncertainty with one short-term extension after another. There are multiple legislative proposals that have already been introduced to support an extension to the TPS-period, but I think we have a responsibility to go a step further, which is why I recently introduced the bipartisan Extending Status Protection for Eligible Refugees Act. This legislation, also known as the ESPERER Act, would provide a pathway for qualified immigrants that arrived to the United States and received TPS protection prior to January 13, 2011, to adjust to legal permanent resident status.
Since the Administration’s announcement I have called on House leaders to advance legislation, like the ESPERER Act, quickly. I’m also calling on all my colleagues to join me and support a solution that would give these TPS immigrants the peace of mind to continue supporting their families, giving back to their communities, and contributing to our economy. These immigrants are making our local communities and our nation a better place. They belong here, and we should not be sending them and all the contributions they have to our economy and our society overseas.
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