CSJ/LCWR Statement on Ending TPS for Salvadorans
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, NY are committed to promoting justice, living lives of non-violence and responding to the needs of the times. (Direction Statement 2016). These commitments are a compelling reason to join with the many women religious in the United States who are members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in denouncing the cruel decision by the Trump administration to terminate Temporary Protected Status(TPS) for more than 200,000 Salvadorans. El Salvador is the fourth country whose citizens have been stripped of their right to protection by President Trump’s administration. The inhumanity of the President’s decision was likewise recently inflicted on nationals from Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan, and on those formerly protected by the DACA program.Rescinding TPS from human beings under continuing threat of violence of all types is inconsistent with the values and traditions of this nation and with our belief in the dignity of all persons.
Sisters of St. Joseph are very aware of attitudes and policies concerning immigration that harm the communities in which we live and minister. Persons with TPS are our neighbors and friends. They have been contributing members of our communities for decades. Rescinding TPS protections for citizens of El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan, and threatening Hondurans with the same fate, places all of us at risk. Ending their protection will tear families apart, fragment our communities, and disrupt local economies. As a congregation we accept the responsibilityto change this reality and to create safe space and provide assistance to those whose personal and family security are threatened.
The TPS program is designed to protect people from being returned to harm. That is precisely what Salvadorans will face if they are deported. El Salvador is the most violent country in the Western Hemisphere and continues to suffer from endemic poverty, lack of access to quality education, and healthcare. The Sisters of St. Joseph are resolved to take actions necessary for the well-being of our neighbors who are immigrants, especially those threatened with deportation. In collaboration with all Catholic Sisters, we continue to heed the scriptural command to welcome the stranger and care for those in need
Therefore, 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.