WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) released the following statement in response to the news that the United States government will extend temporary protected status (TPS) for more than 200,000 Salvadorans living in the U.S.
“I’m relieved to see that the TPS status for over 200,000 Salvadorans will be temporarily extended for one year. TPS recipients are mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, neighbors, and friends, and thousands of them have built their lives in Nevada,” said Senator Rosen. “Most TPS recipients have lived and worked in our communities for many years, and in some cases, decades. In fact, the average Salvadoran TPS holder in Nevada has lived in the U.S. for over twenty years. While this is a positive step forward, the Senate must take up the House-passed American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6) to ensure stability for our hard working Nevada families.”
BACKGROUND: Earlier this year, Senator Rosen co-sponsored the Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and in Emergency (SECURE) Act, legislation that would make TPS and DED recipients who qualified under the most recent designation and who have been continuously present in the United States for at least three years eligible to apply for legal permanent residency.
Last Congress, then-Congresswoman Rosen co-sponsored the American Promise Act, legislation to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to permit eligible TPS or DED recipients to apply for legal permanent resident status if they apply for adjustment within three years, were granted or eligible for TPS or DED status on or before October 1, 2017, and have been continuously physically present in the U.S. for at least three years. According to the Center for American Progress, 4,175 people in Nevada are TPS holders from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti. Approximately, 5,200 U.S.-born children in Nevada have parents from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti who have TPS.