Published on: Monday, January 8, 2018 News

Takoma Park Condemns the Ending of Temporary Protected Status for El Salvadoran Immigrants

In November, the Department of Homeland Security announced its intention to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for persons from Haiti and Nicaragua, and today announced the same for individuals from El Salvador.

The City of Takoma Park condemns the ending of TPS for some 200,000 El Salvadoran immigrants throughout our region and reaffirms our values as a welcoming and inclusive community for all who call Takoma Park home.

During the 1980s, local churches began offering sanctuary to thousands of refugees fleeing civil wars in El Salvador and Guatemala. It was that display of compassion and activism that led to an ordinance in 1985 officially designating Takoma Park a “Sanctuary City.”

This 30-year commitment still stands today. As a city, we believe that approaching issues such as immigration with compassion and empathy are key to building strong, inclusive and healthy communities. “Those members of our community now being targeted are our neighbors and friends,” said Mayor Kate Stewart. “As elected officials it is our responsibility and moral imperative to raise our voices and join together for those who need it the most.”

This Wednesday, the City Council will vote on a resolution to “Call on Congress to Extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Current Countries and Establish a Pathway to Permanent Residency for TPS and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Recipients.”

We understand that it is a difficult time for members of our community and their families. We hear you and we are with you. Here are two resources that may be able to provide additional support and legal advice: