Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) met with U.S. Senate and Pentagon workers on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) employed by government contractors. These men and women provide essential services to the United States Congress and the Pentagon, serving as custodians and cafeteria workers, among other positions. The group of thirteen TPS recipients originally from El Salvador discussed their fears and the challenges they’ve faced in coming to the United States and establishing a life for themselves. They went on to share how President Trump’s decision to revoke their immigration protections threatens their families, livelihoods and lives by exposing them to the dangers of being deported back to their country of origin, even as they serve Members of Congress and our men and women in uniform.
“I have been very fortunate to meet and come to know the kind and hardworking support staff here in the United States Senate. They are here supporting Members of Congress and their staffers, often behind the scenes – cleaning, cooking, fixing, and assisting us every day.” said Cortez Masto. “They have lived in the U.S. for decades after fleeing violence or natural disasters, building lives and communities right here in the United States Senate. Yet President Trump and Republican leaders are now telling them to leave their children and everything they have worked hard for to return to the same dangerous conditions they were fleeing from. It is wrong to pretend these people live as faceless charts or statistics, or that they live only in the shadows. I am amazed at their courage as they walk the halls of Congress and serve the very people who will determine their future. I urge my colleagues to join me in fighting for them and listening to their stories – the stories of men and women in our community, contributing to our daily lives, supporting us every day.”
Senator Cortez Masto cosponsored the Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and in Emergency (SECURE) Act, which would create an avenue towards permanent residency for qualified TPS recipients. The SECURE Act would ensure that hardworking, law-abiding TPS recipients have the opportunity to remain in the U.S. without the risk of having their lives destroyed by the revocation of their TPS protection.