WASHINGTON_ CASA, CARECEN, and Salvadoran business leaders will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. Wednesday at La Cabaña Restaurant to outline the devastating consequences of a possible decision to end a work program, which has allowed more than 300,000 immigrants from countries that besieged by wars and natural disasters, to earn a living and contribute to the economy of the United States.
The end of the TPS (Temporary Protected Status) program could create massive and costly damage to families, workplaces and communities in many parts of the DC metro area.
More than 30,000 TPS holders from El Salvador live in the Washington, DC area. Add to that immigrants from Honduras and Haiti, and it is easy to see that the DC-Maryland-Virginia area could lose a significant segment of its labor force overnight if President Donald Trump decides to wipe out the program.
“The decision could deliver a devastating blow to the DC-area and especially to the Salvadoran community here,” said Salvedor Zelaya, of the Salvadoran Civic Business Committee. “We have businesses here, we have children who have grown up here, it’s a nightmare for our families.”
Permits for people from this country expire at different times but over the next year more than 320,000 people, from 10 countries, who currently have legal status under TPS would lose their status.The countries with the most TPS recipients are El Salvador (195,000), Honduras (57,000) and Haiti (50,000) nationwide.
“It would be another crippling attack on our community that will have repercussions for the economy in the area,” said CASA’s Executive Director Gustavo Torres.
A recent study shows that legal immigrants with TPS from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti contribute a combined $4.5 billion in pre-tax wages or salary income annually to our nation’s gross domestic product.
WHAT: PRESS CONFERENCE to discuss the devastating blow to DC metro area if TPS expires.
WHEN: 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 30, 2017
WHERE: La Cabaña Restaurant, 3614 14th St., NW, Washington, DC, 20010
WHO: CASA, Salvadoran Civic Business Committee, CARECEN, Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Office of Latino Affairs