Trump Administration Keeps Holding People Hostage To Advance Racist Anti-Immigrant Agenda

Jose Munoz Press Releases

The Trump administration reached an agreement with El Salvador to extend temporary protected status for Salvadorans for one year, in exchange for enforcement cooperation, making it impossible for people to seek asylum.

For Immediate Release
José Alonso Muñoz | jose@unitedwedream.org | 202.810.0746

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the Trump administration extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadorans through January 2, 2021. The extension comes after the Trump administration’s efforts to kill TPS and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for El Salvador and 12 other countries, and will also expand cooperation between U.S. immigration authorities and their counterparts in El Salvador.

Sanaa Abrar, Advocacy Director of United We Dream, said:

“This additional year of protection traded for restrictions to people’s right to migrate is inhumane and racist. Continued cooperation efforts between the U.S. and other countries are designed to end asylum as we know it. Though we are relieved that TPS for people from El Salvador will not expire January 2 of next year, this short extended deadline is not a permanent fix.

The Trump administration has ended protection from deportation for millions of people, including DACA recipients, TPS holders, and DED recipients. He has used the lives of our people to fulfill his anti-immigrant agenda of banning asylum seekers, and continuing to demand billions more dollars for his deportation force. We need permanent protections for over 300,000 TPS holders, over 700,000 DACA recipients, and the millions of undocumented people living in the U.S., but never at the cost of restricting asylum, and forcing people into concentration camps across the country.”

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