Statement of Senator Ricardo Lara on the Trump Administration Ending Humanitarian Immigration for Salvadorans

January 08, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released this statement after the Department of Homeland Security announced it would revoke temporary protected status and end humanitarian immigration for 260,000 Salvadorans living in the U.S. since 2001.

“For decades, Republican and Democratic presidents have protected immigrants from countries hit by natural disaster or war. The Trump Administration’s repeal of humanitarian immigration for Salvadoran immigrants is its latest assault on American compassion.

“Salvadoran immigrants endured a disastrous civil war and devastating hurricane, but they have rebuilt their lives here. The Trump Administration’s decision will push hundreds of thousands of people and their children into the shadows. Those who return to El Salvador will face a country ravaged by transnational gangs with one of the world’s highest murder rates.

“Ending humanitarian protection for Salvadorans, Haitians and Nicaraguans serves no purpose – other than to further divide our nation and expose them to crime and scams.”