May 04, 2018

Kaine Statement On Trump Administration Decision To End Protections For Displaced Hondurans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for approximately 57,000 Honduran immigrants displaced by natural disasters:

“Throughout our history, America has opened our arms to people seeking refuge, and their contributions have strengthened our communities. But time and again, the Trump Administration has forced immigrants and refugees back into dangerous conditions in their home countries. Ending protections for Hondurans displaced by Hurricane Mitch sentences them to return to Honduras where many communities are terrorized daily by life-threatening violence. With this move, the Trump Administration is willfully ignoring those conditions and putting thousands of people – including many who now call Virginia home – at risk. This latest decision furthers the Administration’s inhumane immigration policies, and it will hurt Virginia’s economy. I have heard repeatedly from Virginia agriculture and construction industry leaders that the TPS program should be extended.”