For Immediate Release
January 8, 2018
Los Angeles, CA – Former California State Assembly Speaker and 41st Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa issued the following statement regarding reports that Donald Trump has decided to end the protected status for people from El Salvador living in the United States.
Said Mayor Villaraigosa:
“Since the beginning of his Presidency, Donald Trump has continuously targeted and attacked the immigrant, Muslim and LGBTQ communities in order to appease his dwindling base of supporters.
“His decision to eliminate the protected status of nearly 200,000 people from El Salvador is bigoted, weakens our economy, separates families and goes against American values.
“The 200,000 people who have been living here for over a decade have made the U.S. their home. They are helping to grow our economy and create economic opportunity for all by working, paying taxes, starting businesses, going to school and buying homes.
“Ending their legal status will weaken our economy and challenges the promise of America, which is why the decision to eliminate the program is opposed by both the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and immigrant rights groups.
“I urge Congress to do the right thing and not only extend the protected status of the Salvadoran people in this program but, more importantly, to work on comprehensive immigration reform that provides a pathway to citizenship, keeps families together and strengthens our borders.”
The New York Times today reports: