WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement on the Biden administration’s decision against new TPS designations for many who should qualify and 18-month extensions for current beneficiaries from El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Nepal:
“Thanks to tireless advocacy, led by TPS holders themselves, today there is some good news that the Biden administration has both abandoned Donald Trump’s wrongful efforts to terminate TPS and has extended protections for current recipients from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Nepal.
“That said, today’s announcement falls well short of what is required at this moment, as it excludes so many people from these countries who have been forced to flee their country over the past two decades and for the same reasons. The logic here is simply inconsistent: if we are acknowledging it is unsafe to return people to life-threatening violence in El Salvador, then it is unsafe whether they came 32 years ago or 7 years ago.
“It is welcome that today’s decision will allow hundreds of thousands to breathe a temporary sigh of relief. We renew our call for the Administration to immediately issue new TPS designations for these countries and all others who deserve and are eligible for similar designations.”