US senators demand extend TPS for Hondurans displaced by violence and insecurity
Los Angeles, USA.- US Democratic Senators asked the Government of US President Joe Biden on Monday to extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, and to protect immigrants from Guatemala with the benefit.
In a letter addressed to the Secretary of National Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, and the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, 33 senators requested that the protection be extended, arguing that the humanitarian conditions throughout Central America do not allow the return of thousands of migrants from the four countries.
More than a million displaced Central Americans
The petition to the Government , headed by Bob Menéndez (Democrat of New Jersey ), president of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, warns that “more than a million Central Americans have been displaced by violence and insecurity in the region.”
He adds that serious democratic setbacks have been detected, as in the case of Nicaragua , and there has been an increase in political persecution.
“The Biden government must act and provide security to eligible people in Central America ,” said the senators, who assure that by providing protection to these immigrants, the United States will have more time to work with the governments of those countries to ensure that the return of a large number of individuals “do not generate more instability and volatility in the region.”
The TPS allows granting protection against deportation and access to a work permit to undocumented persons from certain countries who cannot return to their countries of origin due to natural disasters, armed conflicts or other extraordinary conditions.
Some two million Central Americans living in the United States could be eligible for this new TPS , according to an estimate generated by the Migration Policy Institute ( MPI ).
Since Biden came to the White House a year ago, activists and lawmakers have called for the extension of TPS in that region. Democratic congresswoman Norma Torres asked for it last July for immigrants from Guatemala , a country that, in her opinion, has suffered “one horrific incident after another.”
The Biden government granted TPS last March to some 320,000 Venezuelans.
More than 400,000 immigrants are currently protected by TPS , including some 190,000 Salvadorans who have had the benefit since 2001.
Source: Agency EFE