CIRC Exec. Director: In TPS Decision, Cruel Trump Pushes Ethnic Cleansing Agenda Forward

November 7, 2017

(Denver, CO) — Nicole MelakuExecutive Director of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) issued the following statement after the Trump administration announced the decision on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nicaraguan and Honduran people:

“Today’s announcement is the latest move to advance the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant, white supremacist agenda intent on eliminating the presence of immigrants of color in our country. This decision impacts thousands of Nicaraguans who will be in danger of deportation by ICE to a country that is still experiencing extreme violence and instability. This is unacceptable and demonstrates this administration’s continued heartless attack on immigrants and their families.

These families raised children here, whom attend our schools and our churches; TPS recipients fled devastating conditions in their native countries for a better life here—and they achieved it—for it all to be taken away by a group of racist white men who do not understand the struggle these families have lived.

 This is what ethnic cleansing looks like.

We urge DHS to consider the dire country conditions in Honduras and we denounce this vile attack on communities of color. We call on Congress to step up and create a permanent solution immediately to give families security and the chance to live their dreams. Our families deserve better. Our country deserves better.”


In solidarity,


Nicole Melaku

Executive Director

Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC)