Velazquez Introduces Bill to Grant TPS Protections to Multiple Central American Countries Impacted by Eta, Iota
Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has introduced the Hurricane Eta Relief Act of 2020, to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to countries impacted by the devastation of Hurricanes Eta and Iota including Nicaragua, Honduras, and Guatemala. Both Hurricanes Eta and Iota hit these countries, with their destructive force inducing devastating floods and landslides.
“Right now, thousands of families are losing their homes, livelihoods, and lives to flash floods and torrential mudslides,” said Velázquez. “These families had everything they hold dear taken from them in a matter of days, and the death toll from these hurricanes continues to rise. The people of Nicaragua, Honduras, and Guatemala are suffering, and the United States has an obligation to respond to the aftermath of this natural disaster. Absent leadership from the White House, Congress must act to provide appropriate protections that are available under law. Whether it be the hurricane today or another danger years from now, the TPS program is effective at saving lives. Activating the TPS program in response to Hurricanes Eta and Iota is the right thing to do.”
Temporary Protected Status is a designation given to individuals from specific countries of origin that now temporarily reside within the United States. This status is typically granted to individuals from countries facing armed conflict, natural disasters, or other serious conditions that prevents safe return.
The Hurricane Eta Relief Act of 2020 has 17 original co-sponsors.
A pdf of the bill is available online here.