The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), the largest immigrant rights organization in California, condemned the Trump Administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status to more than 200,000 families from El Salvador.  This cruel and heartless step means these American families will have to return to a country they fled from more than 20 years ago and likely face violence, poverty, and even death. 

“Give me your tired, poor and huddled masses yearning for freedom.” no more under the Trump Administration’s callous and cruel new world order.  The decision to end TPS for more than 200,000 families who have lived in the United States for more than 20 years is nothing short of mass genocide.

The Trump Administration once again has reneged on a long-held American tradition and has added 200,000 Salvadoran families to their long list of undocumented immigrants it wishes to deport.   Shame on President Trump and a callous Administration.   

It is an irony that for a man who has based his candidacy and now presidency on blasting undocumented immigrants and touting national security, he will now likely go on the books as the US President who forced so many legal immigrants, including DACA and TPS recipients as well as asylees and refugees, to a life in the shadows or vanished from their loved ones to a country that is no longer home for them.   The 200,000 Salvadorans who now must face a life-altering choice are the parents of more than 190,000 US-born children.  One third of these TPS recipients are home owners. 

Congress has a moral and political responsibility now to right this devastating wrong.” 

Angelica Salas is the Executive Director of CHIRLA