In the Trump’s administration ever ending effort to reduce legal immigration and pro-immigrant practices - it appear over 200,000 Salvadoran civil war refugees must go.
The Department of Homeland Security announced that the ‘Temporary Protected Status’ (TPS) granted these Salvadorans immigrants in 2001 will be rescinded.
These 262,500 Salvadorans were granted “provisional” residency as they fled massively destructive earthquakes in El Salvadoran in 2001. They were allowed to stay in the U.S. for 18-months with the option to renew that temporary residence at the end of each and every 18 months.
TPS status is a feature of the country’s immigration open hands, pro-immigrant philosophy. When natural or man-made disaster strikes, the U.S. allows immigrants to come as refugees if returning home is “unsustainable” or “dangerous.” That renewal as of today will no longer be allowed, exposing the immigrants to deportation if they do not leave voluntarily.
The administration opines that El Salvador, one of the world’s poorest countries, has improved enough after the earthquakes to receive back its citizens and threat of civil war is gone.
This decision puts at risk the legal status of the soon to be illegal immigrants and nearly 200,000 children born to these parents, according to the Washington Post. Those children born in the U.S. can legally stay but their parents would have to agree to leave them behind.
The Salvadoran immigrants have until September 9, 2019 to leave legally or attempt to gain legal status – a highly unlikely option.
The news was alarmingly but not shocking since the Trump administration is not viewed as pro-immigrant and has already terminated other TPS protections for immigrants from other countries including Nicaragua and Haiti.
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