Ending Salvadoran TPS Devastating to Thousands of Salvadorans in Illinois and Across Nation

January 8, 2018
Sophie Vodvarka
Communications Coordinator
(773) 294-4909

(Chicago, IL - January 8, 2018) Today the Department of Homeland Security announced that it will end protection for more than 263,000 Salvadorans across the nation who have been living and working in the U.S. since 2001 under Temporary Protected Status (TPS). In Illinois there are 1,300 Salvadorans and their 1,000 U.S.-born children who will lose protection without TPS in a decision devastating to the well-being of immigrant families who have lived and worked in the US since 2001.

“The Trump Administration made yet another unconscionable, senseless decision, targeting immigrant families who have lived in the US for decades, who contribute to the economy, and whose return home could put them in extremely dangerous situations,” Lawrence Benito, chief executive officer of Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights said. “We stand with Salvadoran families, as well as Haitian and Nicaraguan TPS holders who have already lost their protections this past year and the hundreds of thousands of immigrant youth who are losing DACA protection. We will continue to urge Congress to pass legislation preventing the mass deportation of families.”