Mayor's Office Press Release

Mayor Sylvester Turner's Statement on Administration's Removal of Protective Status for 19,000 Salvadorean Immigrants in Houston

January 8, 2018 -- "Houston is a welcoming city for people from all over the world. The White House decision to end the Temporary Protection Status program for people from El Salvador who live in the U.S. goes against our long-cherished values as a welcoming city to everyone who comes here to work hard and contribute to Houston’s vibrant economy," Mayor Sylvester Turner said today.

"There are over 80,000 people from El Salvador who live in Houston, and 19,000 of them will be directly affected by the end of TPS. Many of them own businesses and work in our service industries. They contribute $1.8 billion to the Texas GDP.

"Also, more than 20,000 Houston children who are U.S. citizens because they were born in our country have parents from El Salvador in the U.S. under TPS. When TPS ends, these families could be torn apart.

"The program was designed to protect people who are vulnerable because of the dangers they face in their homeland. I urge the Trump administration to reconsider its decision and if it does not, I urge Congress to reverse it," Mayor Turner added.