1. Statement
  2. Immigrants & Refugees

With 200,000 Salvadorans Facing Possible Deportation, FCNL Urges Congress to Act

By Hannah Graf Evans, January 9, 2018


The administration announced on January 8 that approximately 200,000 TPS recipients from El Salvador will lose their work permits and protected status in September 2019. This decision follows the recent TPS terminations for Sudan, Nicaragua, and Haiti. FCNL urges Congress start working immediately to ensure stability for all current TPS recipients and their families.

Hannah Graf Evans, FCNL’s legislative representative on immigration, stated,

“This administration has now set up over a million immigrants for expulsion with no guarantee that Congress will pursue long past due legislative reforms. Congress must enact a pathway to citizenship by the end of the month for immigrant youth who grew up in this country and face an unknown future. In response to this most recent TPS cancellation, we once again urge Congress take up the baton and stabilize families and communities home to TPS recipients as well.

“Any TPS recipient who has roots in this country, would face undue hardship if deported – including family separation – or would otherwise be eligible for status adjustment should have a permanent pathway forward to stabilize their futures and their families. We urge members of Congress to co-sponsor legislation that fulfils these goals and to work in a bipartisan manner to enact it.”

Statement Congress Must Weigh in to Protect Vulnerable Immigrants from Deportation Threat 

FCNL opposes the administration’s decision to cancel Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nicaraguans and non-decision resulting in an inadequate automatic 6-month extension for Hondurans. We urge Congress to ensure that the administration is upholding the integrity of the TPS program so that individuals are not returned to harm and to pursue long overdue stability for our immigrant neighbors.

The Friends Committee on National Legislation, the oldest registered religious lobby in Washington, is a nonpartisan Quaker lobby in the public interest. FCNL works with a nationwide network of tens of thousands of people of many different faiths from every state in the U.S. to advocate for social and economic justice, peace, and good government.

Hannah Graf Evans

  • Legislative Representative, Immigration and Refugee Policy

Hannah Graf Evans leads FCNL's lobbying for compassionate immigration and refugee policies, with a particular focus on detention practices, the rights of border communities, and protection of vulnerable communities. Hannah served as co-chair of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition steering committee for three years and still plays an active role in pursuing shared policy priorities of the more than 50 faith-based member organizations.