May 11, 2018
Dear XXX (Member of Congress),
We, the undersigned, are joined together in our unifying belief in a greater good and moral purpose that knows no boundaries. Our faiths have no borders. Our faithful – and most Americans – see no restrictions to the human spirit and the love one gives a neighbor.
Our faiths bring us together today at your doorstep calling on Congress to quickly legislate a path to permanent residency for the 57,000 Hondurans who are losing their Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Indeed we call on Congress to secure a path to permanent residency for all people in the United States who are losing their TPS or DED (Deferred Enforced Departure) status: Haitians, Hondurans, Liberians, Nepalese, Nicaraguans, Salvadorans and Sudanese.
Last week, the Trump Administration announced that 57,000 Hondurans would have to leave the United States in 20 months – even though they have lived in the United States for 20 years. They are well-established members of their communities with families whose children are American citizens.
The United States has the capacity to welcome them; it has done so for 20 years. But their original home country of Honduras does not have such capacity. The crushing hurricane that left 10,000 dead across Central America still scars the country economically and emotionally while its people continue to be tossed by financial crises and slammed by extreme gang violence that the government cannot curb.
This policy, when looked at through the lens of faith or through the lens of common sense, fails to make the grade. Our communities depend on these people and these people depend on their protected status.
We pray that you make the right decision and work vigorously to offer a path to permanent residency for everyone losing their TPS or DED status.