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Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa

Representing the 1st District of Hawaii

Congresswoman Hanabusa’s Statement on Trump Administration’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Decision

January 9, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa issued the following statement today after the Trump administration’s decision to cut El Salavador from the list of countries eligible for Temporary Protected Status.

"President Trump continues to pander to the anti-immigration wing of the Republican Party by showing no Aloha for our residents who live and work in this country under Temporary Protected Status (TPS) issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. More than 200,000 citizens of El Salvador, nearly 900 of who call Hawaii home, are the most recent targets of the Trump administration’s assault on American values and reputation as a land of opportunity, open to anyone willing to work hard and obey our laws. Haiti and Nicaragua previously lost their TPS designation and the administration is signaling that more countries will be dropped from the list. The TPS program thoroughly screens applicants and conducts comprehensive background checks to ensure that we are not allowing dangerous people into our country. If President Trump was truly interested in what makes  America great he would embrace  our diversity and ability to welcome newcomers into our hard working communities."