Sen. Tom Carper led 27 Senate Democrats in sending a Jan. 12 letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen urging DHS to reverse its decision to end Temporary Protection Status designation for El Salvador.

Earlier this week, DHS announced it would be ending TPS designation for the nearly 200,000 Salvadorans working and living under TPS protections in the U.S. Ending the TPS designation will disrupt communities across the U.S., remove workers from important sectors of the U.S. economy and harm progress made to improve conditions in El Salvador.

“We believe that conditions in El Salvador remain unstable, and that continued TPS designation is warranted for the country,” the senators wrote. “In June 2017, the Trump administration held a conference to promote prosperity, governance, and rule of law in the Northern Triangle countries of Central America — including El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. While progress has been made under the Alliance for Prosperity in reducing gang violence, improving rule of law and addressing root causes of migration, considerably more work needs to be done as conditions remain dangerous and the economic situation tenuous. The decision to end TPS for 200,000 Salvadorans and needlessly subject these immigrants to deportation stands to threaten, not further, this progress.”

The text of the letter is available at