Fr. Jean Denis Saint-Félix, S.J. of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States’ Office of Justice and Ecology has released a statement urging United States citizens to take action in support of the over 300,000 immigrants from ten countries who receive Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The Department of Homeland Security will soon determine whether to extend or terminate this status for individuals from Haiti, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, all countries that experience high levels of poverty and violence.
“In the U.S., the termination of TPS would make TPS holders highly vulnerable to deportation and the loss of work permits,” Fr. Saint-Félix writes. “It would separate families, impacts which are also felt in schools, in the workplace, and in communities.”
Fr. Saint-Félix asks U.S. citizens to join the Jesuits and the U.S. Catholic Bishops in urging Congress to call for the extension of TPS for Haiti, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua.