Action Alert: CAIR Condemns Termination of TPS for Salvadorans, Urges Redesignation for Syrians and Yemenis Living in U.S.

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/11/18) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the Trump administration’s announcement this week terminating the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) of the 263,000 Salvadoran immigrants living in the United States, the humanitarian program allowing them to live and work in the U.S. since a pair of earthquakes devastated El Salvador in 2001.

Yesterday, the U.S. State Department issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for El Salvador, cautioning Americans “do not travel” to the country due to “violent crime, such as murder, assault, rape, and armed robbery, [being] common” – “gang activity, such as extortion, violent street crime, and narcotics and arms trafficking, is widespread” – “local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.”

“President Trump’s termination of the TPS status of Salvadoran immigrants living in the U.S. is heartless. It will break up countless families whose children were born here and are citizens. It goes against the very concerns raised in the State Department’s travel advisory warning Americans not to travel to El Salvador,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert S. McCaw.


In response to the Trump Administration canceling the TPS status of an immigrant community whose native country still poses a significant safety risk — and the cancellation of TPS status for Syrian and Yemini immigrants in the U.S. up for reconsideration on March 31 and September 3, 2018 – CAIR is urging all Americans to call the Department of Homeland Security Public Comment Line at 202-282-8495 and leave the following message seeking the redesignation of Syrian and Yemini immigrant’s TPS status:


This is [State Your Name]. Out of concern I am calling to advise the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to redesignate the Temporary Protected Status of Syrian and Yemini immigrants living and working in the U.S.

This recommendation is based on U.S. Department of State advising Americans to not travel to either country due to the possible threat of terrorism, civil unrest and armed conflict. Syrian and Yemini immigrants living in the U.S. deserve the same consideration when it comes to their personal safety and wellbeing.

Thank you.”

There are about 6,200 Syrian and 800 Yemen immigrants with TPS in the U.S., with both nationalities granted protection in response to ongoing armed conflicts and civil unrest in their home counties.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,