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Congressman Darren Soto

Representing the 9th District of Florida

Rep. Soto Condemns DHS Decision to End TPS

November 7, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C.  U.S. Representative Darren Soto released the following statement after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its decision to not renew the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for approximately 5,300 Nicaraguans, and delay the decision on similar status for Hondurans.

“The Trump Administration’s heartless decision to end TPS for Nicaraguans is yet another anti-immigrant, uncompassionate move that will tear families apart,” stated Rep. Soto. “Thousands of Nicaraguans, along with tens of thousands of Central Americans from TPS-covered countries, have raised families and called the United States home for over 20 years. TPS holders are hard-working people, who are contributing to our economy and are a big part of our Central Florida community.

“Mass deportations would not only devastate families, but would also harm our economy, costing over $3 billion to taxpayers. I stand with my colleagues in support of passing the American Promise Act, which would ensure individuals under TPS have a path to Legal Permanent Residence.”

TPS is designated to individuals from countries that have ongoing armed conflict, environmental disasters, epidemics or other extraordinary conditions that prevent the country's nationals from returning home safely.

As announced by Acting Secretary Elaine Duke, TPS holders from Nicaragua will have until January 2019 to seek alternative lawful immigration status or arrange for departure from the United States. Designation for Hondurans has been extended to a new expiration date of July 5, 2018.