María Ponce,, 202-394-2139

Issued May 04, 2018

SEIU’s Sáenz: Ending Honduran TPS shows once again that U.S. immigration policy hurts immigrant communities, working families

WASHINGTON, D.C.SEIU International Executive Vice President and iAmerica Action President Rocio Sáenz issued the following statement on the Trump Administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status, TPS, for approximately 57,000 Honduran nationals.

“One thing continues to be clear: President Trump’s immigration policies are designed to actively hurt immigrant communities, working families and our communities. Since he took office his administration has ordered more than 97 percent of those who are living and working legally under TPS to leave the country by the end of next year. This isn't about conditions in the countries, but about President Trump's complete lack of respect for immigrants, the work they do and the important role they make to our communities.

“The people who President Trump is targeting in his latest attack contribute to the economy and make it run. They do hard work to keep America moving, like taking care of our parents and children, caring for the ill and elderly, teaching our children, cleaning offices and handling baggage at airports, and helping rebuild America after natural disasters.

“If President Trump was truly basing his decisions on conditions in the countries as required by law, he wouldn’t have ignored the increasingly dangerous situation in Honduras -- a situation that is deteriorating daily.  Crime has spiked — elections are disputed -- and, conditions remain unsafe for the approximately 57,000 families who will now be expelled absent Congressional action.”