Vice Chair Crowley Leads Congressional Call for Federal Government to Grant Temporary Protected Status to Ecuadorian Nationals Following Tragic Earthquake

May 2, 2016 Issues: Foreign Affairs, In the Community

(Queens, NY) –Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus and whose district includes a large Ecuadorian community, sent a letter signed by 32 Members of the House of Representatives urging Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Ecuadorian nationals currently residing in the United States, so that they are not forced to return home to harmful and potentially unsafe conditions. In the days following the earthquake, Crowley introduced a resolution in support of the people of Ecuador and has continued to engage with the Ecuadorian community in New York and in D.C.

“There is no question that in the wake of this terrible tragedy the road to recovery will be long and difficult - but we will continue to stand with the Ecuadorian people every step of the way until they are back on their feet,” said Rep. Crowley. “I am heartened to see how our local communities have come together in solidarity and I’m pleased to see the U.S. providing emergency aid – something I called for immediately following the earthquake. In that same vein, granting Temporary Protected Status to Ecuadorian nationals presently in New York and around the country will go a long way in also helping Ecuador focus on recovery efforts. This status will allow those residing in Queens and elsewhere to remain here a little bit longer, instead of having to return home in the midst of such devastation.”

Under The Immigration and Nationality Act, the Department of Homeland Security has the authority to designate a foreign country for TPS, which allows those temporarily in the U.S. to stay for a longer period of time if they are unable to safely return to their home country due to an ongoing armed conflict, an environmental disaster, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions. More details on the TPS process can be found from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at

The letter can be found here.