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Official White House Response to Grant Temporary Protected Status to Guatemalans
This response was published on November 22, 2013.

What We Have to Say About Granting Temporary Protected Status for Guatemala

Thank you for signing the petition "Grant Temporary Protected Status to Guatemalans" on the We the People platform on

While the Administration appreciates your desire to seek a Temporary Protected Status designation for Guatemala, we believe that pursuing commonsense immigration reform will provide more permanent solutions to the broken immigration system and is where we share the strongest common interest. President Obama has laid out clear principles that must be a part of commonsense immigration reform. We need to create a fair and effective immigration system that creates a path to earned citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the shadows, cracks down on employers who hire undocumented workers, continues to secure our borders, and streamlines our legal immigration system so everyone is playing by the same set of rules. By working together for broader immigration reform, we can fix our broken immigration system for generations to come, including for many Guatemalans. For more information on the Administration efforts to enact commonsense immigration reform including recent reports on the economic benefits of reform, visit

Guatemalans affected by recent environmental events may be eligible for certain assistance options from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). These measures may allow eligible individuals to quickly receive appropriate immigration assistance. Please refer to the "Special Situations" page of the humanitarian section on the USCIS website at for more information.

Again, thank you for making your voice heard. We greatly appreciate your interest and input on these important issues and hope that you continue to share your views with us.

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