Statement on TPS for Hondurans

STATEMENT


The members of the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, who embrace the Gospel charism of unifying love for the healing and transformation of the world, are deeply troubled by the decision of the Trump administration to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for more than 57,000 Hondurans. Honduras is the seventh country whose citizens have been stripped of their right to protection by this administration.

Hondurans have been contributing members of  our communities for 20 years. They have raised families, paid taxes, and contributed to the growth and development of this country even as U.S. foreign policy has added to the endemic poverty and persistent violence that continue to afflict Honduras.

The TPS program is designed to protect people from  being returned to harm. That is precisely what Hondurans will face if they are forced to return to a country racked by violence, roiled by political repression, and plagued by continuing environmental challenges.

The cancellation of TPS for Hondurans brings to approximately 315,000 the number of our neighbors,friends, parishioners, co-workers, and colleagues whose gifts will be lost to us all. The short-sighted decision to rescind TPS protection for the citizens of Honduras, El Salvador, Haiti, Nepal, Liberia, Nicaragua, and Sudan places us all at risk. Ending their protection promises to tear families apart, fragment our communities, disrupt local economies, and places their well-being at risk.

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph will continue to promote unity forged through respect and appreciation of diversity in solidarity with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and all who heed the scriptural command to welcome the stranger and care for those in need.

Impelled by Love of God and neighbor without distinction, we urge the Trump administration to reconsider its decisions and we call on Congress to work in a bipartisan manner to develop legislative solutions to protect vulnerable people.


TAKE ACTION

 

Show your support for HR 4796 (The USA Act of 2018) and HR 3440 (The Dream Act of 2017): https://justiceforimmigrants.org/category/action-alerts/

Mother’s Day is this Sunday and Faith in Public Life is calling upon all members of Congress to honor their mother’s by upholding protections for families. Sign the petition here: http://fpl.actionkit.com/sign/md_signon/?t=3&akid=574%2E2194%2EOpcFmF

Representatives from Radio Progreso are currently speaking across the United States to draw attention to the grave situation in Honduras.  Attend one of these sessions in your area.

Stay updated on conditions in Honduras from sources such as SOA Watch (www.SOAW.org) and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (info@uusc.org) and respond to their action requests.

Sign on to letters/petitions for the continuation of Temporary Protected Status and for genuine reform of the immigration system.

Continue to advocate for the Berta Caceres Act (HR 1299) that would suspend United States security assistance with Honduras until such time as human rights violations by Honduran security forces cease and their perpetrators are brought to justice. 

Encourage local action in support of the people of Honduras. For example, just days before the federal government decided to strip legal protection for tens of thousands of Hondurans living in the United States, the Boston City Council passed a resolution urging Congress to stop financially backing police and military operations in Honduras until the Central American country investigates human rights violations by law enforcement.

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