On January 8, President Trump’s administration announced the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for close to 200,000 Salvadorans who have lived in the country since at least 2001, leaving them to face deportation. This not only goes against our values – which recognize immigrants as assets and that honor shared values of family, hard work and opportunity for all – but it also goes against the well-being of our region, our state and our nation. One quarter of the Salvadorans affected by the administration’s policy live in California, and this issue is of fundamental importance to our region, since its continued prosperity, vibrancy and quality of life depend on our ability to create diverse and safe communities for its neighbors.
Let us share a few other numbers:
- The deportations would be a $31 billion hit to the economy nationally.
- In our state, of the 49,000 TPS recipients from El Salvador, 15,000 of them own property, and those properties generate an estimated $24 million a year in property taxes, according to Zillow Research.
What is SVCF doing in response to the federal government’s announcement?
At the state level, we are lobbying actively for AB 1862 Immigration services: Grants – a bill that was introduced by Assemblymembers Miguel Santiago (D-53) and Wendy Carrillo (D-51), to provide additional resources for legal services for our neighbors affected by the administration’s decision. This bill would provide an additional $10 million to fund legal assistance to individuals affected by the termination of the federal TPS designation for El Salvador.
We are providing grants to strengthen the legal services infrastructure in our region. Since 2008, we have provided more than $7 million to nonprofit organizations to ensure the provision of affordable and reliable legal services for immigrants. These grants included seed funding for two immigrant legal services collaboratives that are now the most recognized and trusted in the region: the South Bay Legal and Immigration Services Network (SBLISN) and Collaborative Resources for Immigrant Services on the Peninsula (CRISP).
Last February SVCF established the Opportunity for All Fund to address the need for information, resources and high-quality affordable legal services for immigrants in Silicon Valley.
Help us ensure we are building vibrant, diverse communities where the rights of immigrants are protected by donating to the Opportunity for All Fund.