BY ISN STAFF | January 8, 2018
The Ignatian Solidarity Network strongly condemns the Trump administration’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador in September 2019. TPS protects individuals and families who would otherwise be in harm’s way in their countries of origin, which are recovering from catastrophic events such as natural disaster, war, famine, or disease. As people of faith, we believe in the dignity of human life and denounce a decision to return people to conditions where their lives will be immediately put in danger.
Today’s decision regarding TPS for El Salvador forces families to consider the grim reality of returning to a country plagued with violence. El Salvador is incapable of receiving the nearly 200,000 TPS holders currently in the U.S., according to a report recently released by U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
We have become familiar with the reality of Salvadoran TPS holders through the stories of individuals in our Ignatian network. These women and men of all ages—whom we know as students, teachers, colleagues, parishioners—are faced with a future of uncertainty and grave risk for themselves and their families as they contemplate a return to the violence and impunity in El Salvador.
As a network grounded in the values of Catholic Social Teaching, we have a responsibility to extend hospitality and compassion to our neighbors in need. While today’s decision compromises our ability to live these values, we will not be deterred in our call for humane migration policies.