The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it is terminating Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador. TPS is a temporary, renewable, and statutorily authorized humanitarian migration program that permits individuals to remain and work lawfully in the U.S. during a period in which it is deemed unsafe for nationals of that country to return home. The vast majority of TPS recipients in the U.S. are Salvadoran.
I urge everyone to open their hearts to the needs of people today, to see the opportunities in front of us and to accompany those in difficult situations, especially those from El Salvador who have had the protection of the TPS provisions and who have been living productive lives in the United States. I am deeply disappointed at the DHS decision and I join my voice to those of my brother bishops in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops calling for Congress to work together to find a permanent solution to maintain the protections for Salvadoran TPS recipients.
I ask all people of goodwill to pray that these families affected by the DHS ruling not be uprooted from their homes and that our federal legislative leaders find a durable solution to this most troubling situation.