U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Congressman Eliot Engel (NY-16) led a bipartisan group of 110 members of Congress in calling on the Trump Administration to reinstate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for hundreds of thousands of immigrants legally living in the United States. The letter comes after the State Department released a series of internal documents showing the Trump Administration’s overtly political decisions to terminate TPS for El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti despite warnings of grave consequences for the U.S. national security, TPS beneficiaries and U.S.-citizen children.
The letter to Secretary Pompeo was signed by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Chris Coons (D-Del.),Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Tom Udall (D-N.M.).
The letter was also signed by Representatives Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), Theodore E. Deutch (D-FL), Betty McCollum (D-MN), James P. McGovern (D-MA), Mike Quigley (D-IL), Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Frederica S. Wilson (D-FL), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Donald S. Beyer, Jr. (D-VA), Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL), Lois Frankel (D-FL), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), William R. Keating (D-MA), Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Richard M. Nolan (D-MN), David N. Cicilline (D-RI), Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX), Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA), David E. Price (D-NC), Alan S. Lowenthal (D-CA), John Lewis (D-GA), Thomas R. Suozzi (D-NY), Albio Sires (D-NJ), Peter T. King (R-NY), Al Lawson, Jr. (D-FL) James R. Langevin (D-RI), Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ), Seth Moulton (D-MA), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA), Filemon Vela (D-TX), Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Gene Green (D-TX), Dina Titus (D-NV), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Kathleen M. Rice (D-NY), Sander M. Levin (D-MI), Adam Smith (D-WA), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA), Joe Courtney (D-CT), Robin L. Kelly (D-IL), Jimmy Gomez (D-CA), Ruben J. Kihuen (D-NV), Nita M. Lowey (D-NY), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA), André Carson (D-IN), Al Green (D-TX), Anthony G. Brown (D-MD), Anna G. Eschoo (D-CA), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT), Karen Bass (D-CA), Alma S. Adams (D-NC), Ro Khanna (D-CA), José E. Serrano (D-NY), Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Brendan F. Boyle (D-PA), Adam B. Schiff (D-CA), Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), Gwen Moore (D-WI), Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), Joseph Crowley (D-NY), DonaldNorcross (D-NJ), and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR).