Curbelo Comments on the Homeland Security Decision on Salvadoran TPS

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Washington, D.C., January 8, 2018 | Joanna Rodriguez (202-225-2778) | comments

Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), the lead sponsor of bipartisan legislation that would grant legal permanent resident status to Nicaraguan, Salvadoran, Honduran and Haitian immigrants that already have Temporary Protected Status (TPS), issued the following statement regarding today’s announcement by the Department of Homeland Security ending the program for Salvadorans: 

“While hoping and waiting they would be able to return to their native countries for years, Salvadoran, Honduran, Nicaraguan, and Haitian immigrants have become essential parts of the South Florida community by contributing to our local economy and culture. Today’s decision about Salvadoran TPS – and previous decisions about Honduran and Nicaraguan TPS – are disappointing. Many years of short-term extensions have created anxiety and uncertainty, not only for these immigrants and their families, but also for employers and neighbors who have welcomed them to our communities. 

“Congress has a responsibility to our constituents to address the status of both TPS immigrants and the DREAMer population. There are multiple legislative solutions that have already been introduced to address the DREAMer and the TPS populations, including my bipartisan RAC Act and ESPERER Act. TPS recipients and DREAMers are running out of time. It’s time for the Leaders of both parties to start taking this issue seriously so we can give these immigrants and those counting on them the peace of mind to continue giving back to their communities, contributing to our economy and supporting their families.”

BACKGROUND

The bipartisan Extending Status Protection for Eligible Refugees (ESPERER) Act Curbelo introduced last year 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. Curbelo has also stated he would support any legislation that offers a permanent solution for the DACA population, and has voted against government spending in December due to House and Senate leaders’ inaction on DACA.

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