For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
September 24, 2008
President Bush and President Saca of El Salvador Discuss Temporary Protected Status
Council of the Americas
New York, New York
In Focus: Global Diplomacy
9:53 A.M. EDT
PRESIDENT BUSH: Mr. President, thank you.
I want to let my friend know, and the people of El Salvador, that the United States will extend TPS status to El Salvadoreans living in our country. This is a decision that was made to improve the lives of El Salvadoreans.
I'm proud to make this announcement with you standing by my side. You've been a very strong and courageous leader, and you have been a friend. And I know this is an issue of concern to you, because you care deeply about the people of your country. And so when you get back home, you can tell the people that TPS has been extended.
Thank you, sir. (Applause.)
PRESIDENT SACA: (Remarks are partially translated.) Thank you very much. Thank you very much, President, for extending for 18 months more the TPS for the people of El Salvador. This is going to benefit our Salvadorian people with -- (inaudible) -- in liberty, in democracy, and in integration.
Thank you very much this morning for this extension.
END 9:55 A.M. EDT