Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Lowey Denounces Administration Decision to End TPS Status for Salvadorans

January 10, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement on the Administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for approximately 200,000 Salvadorans in the U.S.:

“The President’s decision is not just poor policy; it displays a lack of human decency. Similar to TPS holders from Haiti and Nicaragua, many Salvadorans in the TPS program have lived here for more than a decade and now face a heart-wrenching choice of uprooting their families or facing deportation. I urge the President to restore TPS status for the nearly quarter-million men, women, and children from El Salvador, Haiti, and Nicaragua who have built a life in the U.S.” 

In 2017, the Administration ended TPS status for more than 45,000 Haitians and approximately 2,500 Nicaraguans. Signed into law under President George Bush in 1990, the program provides temporary lawful status and work authorization to individuals in the U.S. from countries affected by strife. There is no limit on the number of times a country’s TPS designation can be renewed. The determination is made by the homeland security secretary every six, 12, or 18 months. Salvadorans will have until September 2019 before their permission to reside in the U.S. is revoked.