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Rep. Kihuen Backing Bill To Extend Protections For Temporary Protected Status Recipients

Rep. Ruben Kihuen told reporters Saturday that he’s joining his two other Democratic House colleagues from Nevada in co-sponsoring a bill that seeks to extend protections for recipients of Temporary Protected Status.

But Kihuen, who has kept a low profile since allegations of sexual harassment emerged against him in December, declined to elaborate on his future plans beyond pointing to an older statement indicating he won’t seek re-election this year.

After addressing a group of Salvadoran youth at a conference in Las Vegas, Kihuen said he’s backing the American Promise Act because it will provide a path to naturalization for those protected by TPS, which was canceled last week for some 195,000 Salvadorans. 

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Those individuals could be subject to deportation in 2019.