Culinary Workers Urge Extension Of Immigrant TPS Program
By Doug Cunningham
UNITE HERE’s Culinary Union is urging the Trump administration to extend an immigrant program called Temporary Protected Status. More than 320,000 immigrant workers from 10 countries are covered and the program is set to expire at the end of the year unless it’s extended. The Culinary Union’s Bethany Kahn.
[Bethany Kahn]: “About every 18 months the TPS is renewed. And it’s been renewed for about ten countries and they include El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
The TPS deadlines are set to expire the end of this year and then the beginning of next year.”
Kahn says these workers are carefully vetted and are not security risks.
[Bethany Kahn]: “The Culinary Union is urging the United States State Department and the Department of Homeland Security to extend TPS so that workers are not overnight undocumented and criminalized.”
These are workers who contribute to our economy. They raise their children – many of whom are a United States citizen. They pay taxes.”