María Ponce,, 202-394-2139

Issued October 04, 2018

SEIU’s Sáenz: Federal Court order blocking President Trump’s attempt to end protection for hundreds of thousands of families a victory for communities across the country

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In response to a federal courts preliminary injunction against the Trump administration’s termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan, Haiti, Nicaragua, and El Salvador, SEIU International Executive Vice President and iAmerica Action President Rocio Sáenz issued the following statement:

“Wednesday’s ruling is a victory for immigrant justice and communities across the country.  No one wants to see their neighbors, friends and coworkers they’ve known for decades lose the home they've built in America. No one benefits when nurses, home care workers, airport security guards and other working people lose that ability to work because the Trump administration ended TPS protection. These  families have volunteered at their children’s schools, contributed to their churches and places of worship, paid their taxes, and courageously joined the fight to defend TPS.

“The court’s decision is not final one and we will not rest until there is a legislative solution that protects TPS holders, Dreamers and their families and creates a pathway to permanent status and citizenship.

"SEIU members are standing strong and we are ready to fight back at the polls to hold Republican leaders in Congress accountable for standing in the way of families and turning their back on working people.”