January 07, 2018

Van Hollen Statement on Trump Administration’s Decision to End TPS for El Salvador

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen spoke out against the Trump Administration's decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 200,000 Salvadorians who have been living legally in the United States since at least 2001. Senator Van Hollen has introduced the SECURE Act, which would allow qualified TPS recipients to apply for legal permanent residency.

"This decision is shameful, but sadly it's not surprising," said Senator Van Hollen. "The United States has long been a beacon of hope across the world, welcoming and protecting immigrants fleeing violence and turmoil - and it has deeply enriched our nation. These families work in our communities, open businesses in our state, and go to school with our children. They have lived here legally for decades and call America home. I will fight this decision tooth and nail, and I urge my colleagues to pass the SECURE Act without delay to give these men, women, and children the certainty and security they deserve."

To read more about the SECURE Act, click here.