For Immediate Release
November 3, 2017

UndocuBlack  Network  appeals to any shred of humanity in DHS Acting Secretary Duke amid rumors to end Temporary  Protected Status for Central Americans and Haitians

Washington, DC - We are gravely disappointed though sadly not surprised by reports that the State department at the direction of Rex Tillerson -  is recommending the termination of Temporary Protected Status for Honduras, Nicaragua and Haiti.  Tens of thousands of long time US residents now face the prospect of being uprooted from their homes and back to these countries, all of which are currently facing challenging conditions.

This  recommendation means that our Honduran, Nicaraguan, and Haitian neighbors would be subject to the deportation  machine Trump is constantly fortifying. They would leave behind businesses they've started, homes they've bought and communities they’ve built. These individuals live across the U.S. especially in thriving metropolitan areas of New York, Florida, and California. They include over 300,000 students, hospitality and construction workers, health-care providers, educators, and children.  Above all, they are people - people who have lived in the US for decades and deserve protection.  They are integral parts of our communities and are parents of US citizens.

The onus is now on the DHS to make the final decision and we encourage Acting Secretary Elaine Duke to carefully consider extending the protected status of no less than 18 months for Nicaragua, Honduras and Haiti.

To do anything but is a slap in the face of democracy and blatant disregard for the humanity of these residents.