U.S. House candidate Chalis Montgomery blasts Homeland decision to force nearly 200K El Salvadorans to leave

Democratic congressional candidate Chalis Montgomery condemned the Trump administration’s decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for roughly 200,000 El Salvadoran nationals. The decision comes after previous administrations extended the TPS agreement.

The reversal by the Secretary of Homeland Security comes amidst a government crackdown on both legal and illegal immigration.

“This decision will separate families, hurt communities, and deliver a tremendous blow to our state and national economies,” said Montgomery, who is running in Georgia’s 10th Congressional District. “With every decision like this affecting our country’s immigrant population, the promise of the American dream is diminished for all of us.”

The Salvadoran nationals living here fled their country nearly 20 years ago after two earthquakes decimated communities and destroyed housing. Under TPS, they were granted temporary visas to live and work in the United States and were protected from being forced to return to their home countries. They also have been thoroughly and repeatedly vetted by the U.S. government.

According to an October 2017 report from the Center for American Progress, 5,700 TPS recipients from El Salvador and their 8,200 U.S.-born children live in Georgia. If the 4,700 Salvadoran nationals who are workers left the country, Georgia would lose $228.3 million from the GDP each year.

“This assault on immigrant families must end,” Montgomery said.

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