Terminating TPS for Hondurans will uproot American families

BOSTON, May 4, 2018 – Today the Trump administration announced it will end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Hondurans, with an 18-month delay, effective January 2020. An estimated 57,000 people across the U.S., including several hundred in Massachusetts, will face deportation.

Eva A. Millona, executive director of MIRA, issued the following statement:

“The decision to end TPS for Hondurans is not surprising, given that this administration had already deemed citizens of Sudan, Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Nepal to no longer need special protection. But the fact that this fits a pattern doesn’t make it less disturbing.

“Anyone who follows the news knows that Honduras is deeply troubled, politically unstable, racked by violence, and with a struggling economy. Indeed, nobody knows better than U.S. immigration authorities, who see the desperation of asylum-seekers arriving at our southern border every day. Honduras is in no condition to take back tens of thousands of families, or to forgo the billions of dollars in remittances that U.S.-based workers send home each year. 

“Ending TPS for Hondurans will cause real pain in our communities. Honduran TPS holders have lived here for an average of 22 years and have an estimated 53,000 U.S. citizen children. These are American lives that are being destroyed.

“We urge our Congressional delegation to stand up to this administration’s hateful agenda and advance legislation to enable TPS holders to qualify for green cards. These are hard-working people with deep roots in our country. Congress needs to step in to correct this injustice and protect immigrant families.”