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ROSEN CO-SPONSORS AMERICAN PROMISE ACT TO PROTECT THOUSANDS OF TPS HOLDERS IN NEVADA AT RISK OF DEPORTATION

January 10, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) announced that she has co-sponsored H.R. 4253, the American Promise Act,  which would protect TPS recipients from deportation and allow law-abiding TPS holders a pathway to permanent residency and citizenship. Rosen recently met with TPS holders in Las Vegas to hear their concerns and to talk about her legislative efforts on immigration.

“This legislation will bring immediate relief to the thousands of TPS holders in Nevada and across the country who are worried they will lose the life that they have spent years and even decades building here,” said Rosen. “TPS holders are law-abiding legal residents who undergo a strict vetting process and thorough background checks each time they reapply for their status. These individuals are working hard, they contribute to our economy, and they care deeply about our country. I’m proud to stand with Nevada’s immigrant families and will continue to fight the constant barrage of xenophobic attacks from this Administration.”

BACKGROUND: Last week, Congresswoman Rosen sent a letter urging Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Nielsen to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) status for individuals from El Salvador. H.R. 4253 would allow all law-abiding TPS recipients, including those from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, and half a dozen other countries, to apply to become legal permanent residents (LPRs). This legislation would also provide a pathway to citizenship for TPS recipients and their families who gain LPR status by allowing them to apply for citizenship after five years, just like other green card holders.

According to the Center for American Progress, 6,300 people in Nevada are TPS holders from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti. Approximately, 5,200 U.S.-born children in Nevada have parents from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti who have TPS. The Trump Administration’s refusal to renew status for TPS holders from these countries could cost Nevada $269.5 million annually in economic activity.

 

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