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Issued November 14, 2017

SEIU’s Sáenz: The ASPIRE Act good for families, and good for America

WASHINGTON—In response to a new House Bipartisan bill, The ASPIRE Act, introduced by Representatives Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) that would shield approximately 320,000 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders from deportation and provide a path to Legal Permanent Residency, SEIU International Executive Vice President and iAmerica Action President Rocio Sáenz issued the following statement:

“SEIU applauds this new and third piece of legislation to protect thousands of immigrant families and their children, all whom have been living and working legally in the U.S. for at least 18 years, from deportation. They are parents, neighbors, and hard workers, and after years of contributing to the U.S., it would be wrong to expel them from our country and separate them from their children.

"We call on Congress to act and immediately pass legislation that provides a permanent solution for current TPS recipients.

“In the short term, SEIU urges DHS to extend Haiti's TPS designation for the full 18 months before the Thanksgiving deadline, and also urges a full 18-month extension of TPS for Salvadorans."