Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) joined the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, Catholic Relief Services, Scalabrini International Migration Network, and Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. in a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, the Honorable Kirstjen Nielsen, urging her to extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador by 18 months.
The Catholic Church’s deep concern for TPS holders is rooted in Catholic Social Teaching and its experience with welcoming and integrating large populations of immigrants to the U.S. and around the world. The teachings of the Church make clear that all people have the right to migrate to protect their lives and the lives of their families. Under Catholic doctrine, TPS holders, like all immigrants, have the right to safety and to care for their families. And while the Church recognizes the right of nations to regulate their borders, this right must be exercised with justice and mercy and balanced with immigrants’ rights to human dignity and life.
Read the full letter here.