UnidosUS Commends Biden Administration Extension of TPS for Migrants Living and Working in U.S.
UnidosUS Also Calls for Immediate Expanded Relief
WASHINGTON, DC— Today the Biden administration announced it will allow an estimated 337,000 immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras, Nepal, and Nicaragua to continue living and working in the U.S. legally under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program. Janet Murguía, President and CEO of UnidosUS, the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization, issued the following statement in response:
“We commend the decision of the Biden administration to extend the ability of certain immigrants from Central America and Nepal to continue to remain and work legally in the United States. So many of these TPS beneficiaries have lived in the U.S. for decades, are raising U.S. citizen children, own homes, started businesses and have contributed significantly to our economy.
“Renewing TPS will bring peace of mind for families and their children who already have it; it will prevent disruptions in our workforce, communities and economy and it will lessen additional pressures on the home countries of these immigrants–where conditions are deeply fragile–since the support that TPS recipients are able to provide to their families in home countries reduces the push factors for migration.
“To fully realize the stabilizing force of the TPS program, though, for the U.S. and sending countries, we urge the Biden administration to not only renew this program for those who have it, but also expand TPS for those who could qualify, including migrants from El Salvador, Honduras, Nepal and Nicaragua. In addition, we encourage the designation of people from Guatemala— also experiencing considerable economic and civil stress—as eligible for TPS.
“UnidosUS will continue to advocate for this expanded relief because conditions in Central America justify expanding who is eligible and this relief would multiply the benefits to U.S. families, communities, and our economy. It would also further reduce the pressure of migration, aiding the administration’s efforts to effectively manage our southern border.”