May 8, 2018

CWS Condemns Administration's Termination of TPS for Honduras, Decries Pattern of Targeting Vulnerable Communities

Church World Service (CWS) condemns news that the Department of Homeland Security has terminated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Honduras, effective January 5, 2020. This termination is inhumanely premature, and puts the lives of 57,000 Hondurans residing lawfully in the United States at risk by forcing them to return to a country that is not prepared to receive them. Honduras has one of the highest homicide rates in the world and as recently as January, the capital was racked with violent riots caused by political turmoil after presidential elections. Despite these conditions, the administration has just told our Honduran neighbors and family members that they have 18 months to pack up their lives in the United States and return to life-threatening conditions.

“TPS holders are members of our communities and congregations whose home countries have been devastated by disaster or instability,” said CWS President and CEO Reverend John L. McCullough. “Rescinding the TPS designation for Honduras--the sixth country in a row--despite the fact that there have been no significant improvements in the country conditions, signals that this administration doesn’t take the commitments of the United States seriously and is prioritizing anti-immigrant sentiment over an honest assessment of conditions in each country. Deporting TPS holders means deporting the parents of American citizens, separating families, and sending people to danger.”

We also call on Congress to enact legislation that would ensure stability and a pathway to citizenship for all TPS holders. CWS stands ready to support measures to protect the well-being and dignity of Honduran families and all individuals with TPS.

Please click here to see more information on our actions on this issue.

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