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Trump Move to Deport 57,000 Hondurans a Disaster for Immigration Policy

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Trump Move to Deport 57,000 Hondurans a Disaster for Immigration Policy

May 7, 2018, Washington, DC – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today denounced the planned deportation of nearly 60,000 Hondurans who fled to the US 19 years ago following a hurricane in 1998 that ravaged their country. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:

“The move by the Trump Administration to deport nearly 60,000 Hondurans who were admitted to the US as long as 19 years ago is a gratuitously cruel move. On the heels of decisions to end status for individuals from Haiti, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Nepal, it betrays the trust established by President George W. Bush in 2001 when he granted legal status to Hondurans who were devastated by hurricanes and other natural disasters. They have lived in the US for a very long time, some over decades, and have an estimated 53,500 American-born children; 85 percent participate in the labor force, and nearly 20 percent have mortgages.”

“This latest decision by President Trump is one of several that is transforming US immigration policy into a vendetta against those admitted by previous administrations. It lacks all compassion and rationality. It violates the last 50 years of immigration policy, which recognized the value of immigrants, the need to unite families, and the need to open our borders and hearts to the persecuted and dispossessed. Trump’s policy violates our shared religious values that call on us to welcome the stranger. This chapter of American immigration policy will be remembered as a shameful one in American history.”

“We call on members of Congress to do everything in their power to reinstate the temporary protective status designation for Honduras and to pass a permanent legislative solution for all in our country who now hold temporary protective status.”

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.

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