Takoma Park City Officials Condemn the Decision Requiring El Salvadorans to Leave

Following the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s announcement to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for individuals from El Salvador early Monday, Takoma Park City officials released the following statement on its website:

“The City of Takoma Park condemns the ending of TPS for some 200,000 El Salvadoran immigrants throughout our region and reaffirms our values as a welcoming and inclusive community for all who call Takoma Park home.

“During the 1980s, local churches began offering sanctuary to thousands of refugees fleeing civil wars in El Salvador and Guatemala. It was that display of compassion and activism that led to an ordinance in 1985 officially designating Takoma Park a ‘Sanctuary City.’

“This 30-year commitment still stands today. As a city, we believe that approaching issues such as immigration with compassion and empathy are key to building strong, inclusive and healthy communities.”

Takoma Park Mayor, Kate Stewart stated, “those members of our community now being targeted are our neighbors and friends. As elected officials it is our responsibility and moral imperative to raise our voices and join together for those who need it the most.”

The city council is expected to vote on a resolution that urges Congress to extend TPS for those impacted by the DHS’s recent announcement.

Read the entire statement from Takoma Park city officials here. 

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