The American Solidarity Party is deeply saddened by the decision to revoke Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nearly 200,000 nationals of El Salvador. That nation has been struck by numerous disasters since the initial 2001 designation. We additionally are alarmed by the humanitarian implications of returning so many people to a country that is still reeling from organized crime, which has endangered its most vulnerable citizens. Further, we note that these criminal organizations – initially based in Los Angeles – continue to drive thousands of Salvadoran asylum seekers to our borders.
Law-abiding Salvadoran TPS holders have been living in the United States for nearly 20 years. They have built businesses, pursued educational opportunities, raised families, and put down strong roots in our communities. The loss of these 200,000 individuals and the harm to their families would be deeply felt across the United States. Tragically, many of TPS holders, despite repeated vetting, deep family ties, and impressive contributions to our communities, remain ineligible for legal residency or citizenship. We therefore renew our call for Congress to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act in order to provide a path to citizenship for immigrants residing within our borders.