Boston, MA – On Wednesday, August 23rd the Boston City Council unanimously passed a resolution urging the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS).”Centro Presente thanks City Councilor Josh Zakim for introducing this resolution and the City of Boston for its legacy of support for the immigrant community” said Patricia Montes, Executive Director of Centro Presente. “Boston has consistently shown itself to be a community that appreciates the diversity of its residents and in return immigrants such as TPS holders have helped make the town the thriving and vibrant place that it is.”In the next two years, the current Administration, through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will consider whether to extend designations of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for all countries that currently hold TPS.
TPS is a form of immigration status that provides employment authorization and protection from deportation for foreign nationals who cannot be safely returned to their home countries. The Trump Administration will decide whether to terminate the immigration status of over 300,000 immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti. In light of this Administration’s hostility towards undocumented immigrants, the continued existence of TPS for these three countries is very much at risk. “We need to ensure that our members with TPS know how at risk their situation is and that our allies comprehend the extent of the detrimental impacts of TPS revocation for the community as a whole,” said Montes. At the same time it is clear that the Administration has not considered the economic and social impact that termination of TPS for these three countries would have on communities across the country in terms of the closure of small business, loss of tax revenue and familial separation. There are approximately 186,403 Salvadorans, 70,281 Hondurans, and 46,558 Haitians who currently hold a valid grant of TPS, for a total of approximately 300,000 individuals.
Deporting all these TPS holders would cost taxpayers $3.1 billion dollars. Ending TPS for these three countries would result in a $6.9 billion reduction to Social Security and Medicare contributions over a decade. Ending TPS for these three countries would lead to a $45.2 billion reduction in GDP over a decade. The wholesale lay-off of the entire employed TPS population from these countries would result in $967 million of turnover costs, e.g. costs employers incur when an employee leaves a position. “Symbolic efforts like this resolution in Boston and in other municipalities, help to demonstrate support for immigrants, raise awareness of our contributions to this society and will ultimately strengthen our argument that this is a population that should leave their ‘temporary’ status behind and become permanent contributors to our communities,” added Montes.