Federal Legislative Action: Oppose the Trump Administration’s Inhumane Efforts to force 57,000 Honduran Refugees to Leave the US

Background:

The Trump administration announced on May 4 their intent to force 57,000 Hondurans, currently living legally in this country, to return to their homeland even though it has had one of the higher homicide rates in the world since 2010. It is also politically unstable, irregularities in last November’s presidential election have led to massive street protests, which have turned violent.  Many Hondurans in this country were initially granted Temporary Protected Status when Hurricane Mitch devastated their country in 1999.  The Trump administration argues that Honduras has recovered from the effects of the hurricane in the last twenty years, a claim that is not generally supported, and certainly one that ignores that Honduras has become one of the more violence-torn countries in the world.  Consider that the US State Department currently provides the following warnings to travelers to Honduras:

Reconsider travel to Honduras due to crime. Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Violent crime, such as homicide and armed robbery, is common. Violent gang activity, such as extortion, violent street crime, rape, and narcotics and human trafficking, is widespread. Local police and emergency services lack the resources to respond effectively to serious crime.

The Honduran government has expressed concern about this action as well, noting that “we deeply regret it”.

Contrary to Trump Administration myths about Central American refugees, these 57,000 people lead successful lives in the U.S.  According to the Center for Migration Studies, Hondurans with protected status have 53,500 American-born children; 85 percent participate in the labor force, compared with 63 percent of the overall United States population; and nearly 20 percent have mortgages. The administration seems to acknowledge in their own decision to terminate TPS status but provide a 22 month period until the order becomes effective in order to: “To allow for an orderly transition, the effective date of the termination of TPS for Honduras will be delayed 18 months to provide time for individuals with TPS to arrange for their departure or to seek an alternative lawful immigration status in the United States, if eligible”.

ACTION: Contact our MOCs to let them know of your opposition to the removal of TPS protections for the Honduran refugees in our County, and to request that they take a stand against the administration’s action.

ACTION: Contact the Department of Homeland Security to voice your opposition to their decision to terminate the TPS status of 57,000 Hondurans.  Their contact information is: https://www.dhs.gov/contact-us

Script to call Senators and Representative:

Hello, my name is ___________, and I am a member of Olympia Indivisible.  I oppose the Trump administration war on immigrants, most recently their decision to force 57,000 Honduran refugees to return to their country even though it is politically unstable and violence-ridden.  I urge (Senator Cantwell, Senator Murray, Representative Heck) to speak out against this inhumane action by an administration that seems to only care about attacking immigrants for political reasons and is unbothered by the prospect of uprooting productive residents who are living in peace here and forcing them to return to a country that our own  Department of State characterizes as having “serious problems” with “crime and violence”.

Script to call the Department of Homeland Security:   

My name is _________.  I oppose the Department of Homeland Security decision to revoke the Temporary Protected Status for 57,000 Honduran residents in our country.   The DHS decision to revoke TPS, based on their assessment that Honduras has largely recovered from Hurricane Mitch, does not reflect the remaining long-term damages that Mitch did to this impoverished country, and worse, completely ignores the high levels of violence and political instability that plague this poor country.  The US Department of State advises that travelers “reconsider” travel to Honduras, and characterizes the country as having “serious problems” with “crime and violence”.  The DHS decision to uproot 57,000 productive residents of our country and force them to return to a violence-torn country is inhumane, and should be reversed.

This action is from Olympia Indivisible’s weekly Call to Action with formatting edits. Be sure to go to their website for more on the actions, upcoming events and for their latest Research Report.  Also find them on Facebook.