Photo: U.S. and El Salvador
The Department of Homeland Security citing “ongoing disruptions” from the 2001 earthquakes in El Salvadoran asked the administration to extend the freeze on Salvadoran deportations.
Today the Obama administration granted the extension until September 9, 2013 – basically protecting El Salvadoran undocumented immigrants from deportation back to their native country.
This temporary protected status was granted in great part to “the substantial, but temporary, disruption of living conditions in El Salvador resulting from a series of earthquakes in 2001, and El Salvador remains unable, temporarily, to handle adequately the return of its nationals,” according to Homeland Security.
This protected status benefits some 215,000 Salvadorans living here.