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Statement on the Trump Administration’s Decision to Revoke Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador

Monday, January 8, 2018

(Washington DC) – Today, Mayor Bowser released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s decision to revoke Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador:

“Salvadorans who came to the United States under Temporary Protected Status are our friends, colleagues, and neighbors. They are teachers, business owners, and nurses. This decision will in no way make Americans safer, stronger, or more prosperous. The lives of thousands of people are at stake, and in Washington, DC, we will continue to fight for, protect, and defend Salvadoran immigrants, many of whom have lived in this country legally for nearly two decades. Today, thousands of families will worry about being torn apart because of this callous and irrational decision, but we will continue looking for solutions that keep our families together and our residents safe.”

Bowser Administration will host an informational session for residents on January 20, 2018. The event will feature presentations by Immigrant Justice Legal Services grantees, a program started by Mayor Bowser in 2017 to provide funding to community-based organizations, private organizations, associations, and law firms that do legal work for immigrants in the District, and residents will be able to ask questions and learn more about next steps.