Donna Shalala Asks Donald Trump For The Administration To Address The Human Rights Crisis In Nicaragua And Extend TPS

Shalala asked the president to reauthorize the Temporary Protection Status for Nicaraguans currently living in the United States.

Donna Shalala, a member of the House of Representatives of the United States, addressed a letter to President Donald Trump asking his administration to stop his deportation agreement with the Daniel Ortega regime in Nicaragua.

In turn, Shalala asked the president to reauthorize the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nicaraguans currently living in the United States.

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Shalala joined the representative Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and the representative Albio Sires, chairman of the Subcommittee of the Western Hemisphere, Civil Security and Commerce.

READ THE WRITTEN DOCUMENT HERE: Letter Nicaragua

"For months, this administration has observed the Ortega regime violate human rights, assassinate dissidents and undermine the democratic institutions of Nicaragua," said the representative. "Not only has he failed to respond to this crisis, but the administration has also been actively cooperating with the Orteguista regime in prosecuting the deportation of Nicaraguans, even while receiving reports that these individuals face imprisonment, torture and execution."

"As a proud representative of one of the largest Nicaraguan communities in the country," Shalala continued, "I am committed to ending the accelerated deportation of Nicaraguans from the United States and continuing the extension of the TPS until Nicaraguans can return to their country safely. "

“It is inconceivable that the Trump Administration continues to coordinate with the Ortega regime to facilitate the deportation of Nicaraguans. President Trump is sending these people back to a burning country. Just mentioning repression in Nicaragua is simply not enough. I urge the President to treat Nicaraguans fleeing the Ortega dictatorship with the dignity they deserve, "said Representative Engel.

"It is inadmissible for ICE to share information with the Ortega authoritarian regime on deported Nicaraguans from the United States," said Representative Albio Sires, president of the Subcommittee of the Western Hemisphere, Civil Security and Commerce. "Many of these people left their country due to the political persecution they suffered; they are now returned by US officials with a target on their backs. If the Trump Administration is committed to the promotion of human rights in Nicaragua, it must immediately terminate this cooperation agreement with Ortega. "

Since April 2018, Nicaraguans have protested against the Ortega regime, which is becoming increasingly undemocratic. The regime has responded to these protests with violence, repression and persecution. As a result of this instability, from April 2018 to April 2019, more than 60,000 Nicaraguans have fled the country and many seek refuge in neighboring countries such as Costa Rica and the United States.

Earlier this year, Congresswoman Shalala joined Representative Mario Díaz-Balart to present HR2413, the Nicaragua TPS Act of 2019, a bill that would extend the TPS to all Nicaraguans present in the United States in the moment of its promulgation.

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