But on Monday the Trump Administration announced 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants now allowed to live and work in America will lose that right by September 9, 2019 – giving them 18 months to leave or seek lawful residency. Haitian advocates quickly criticized the decision.
But when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced this week that it was withdrawing temporary protected status, or TPS, for 200,000 Salvadorans, giving them 18 months to sort out their immigration status permanently or face deportation, the reaction from the Canadian government was more muted.
The Center’s executive director, John Keller, said his clients would seek legal status if they could.
The Trump administration says El Salvador has now rebuilt.
The right to stay in the USA was extended to people from El Salvador after two deadly earthquakes shook the country in 2001, killing hundreds and leaving thousands homeless.
For Martinez, moving to El Salvador would mean starting over in a country he does not remember at all.
“We gave them that hope, and are saying now, we are saying, ‘You created your livelihood here, but now you need to go back to a country you no longer call home, ‘” said Carrion.
Coffman’s bill would extend the TPS status for current enrollees for three years. Thousands more who arrived in the United States in recent years fleeing gang violence were not eligible.
Salvador was also victimized by USA policy earlier in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s when the United States armed and backed a military dictatorship and police death squads that attacked civilians protesting against undemocratic rule. The AP spoke to a group of them in Houston and Los Angeles Tuesday. There’s also marriage to a US citizen. The country has one of the world’s highest homicide rates as a result of gang violence.
Many activists argue that El Salvador is still too violent for those citizens to return.
For young people targeted by gangs, life became so untenable that Salvadorans made up a quarter of the wave of unaccompanied minors who fled to the US border with Mexico during the summer of 2014.
The decision to end TPS for Salvadorans is part of the administration’s broader push to tighten immigration laws and expel those living in the United States illegally.
The biggest worry among many Salvadorans is that their nation of 6.2 million people will see a big drop in the amount of cash sent home by countrymen working in the United States.
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While the decision by the US government is something that Velasco has been preparing for as the Trump administration moves to tighten immigration enforcement, telling her three children still wasn’t easy. Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP A woman clutches a flag as other immigrants and activists protest near the White House to demand that the Department of Homeland Security extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadorans on January 8, 2018 in Washington. TPS for these families must be protected. BRYAN R. SMITH, AFP/Getty Images Immigrants and activists protest near the White House to demand that the Department of Homeland Security extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for almost 200,000 Salvadorans on January 8, 2018 in Washington.
Some TPS holders can take action now to protect themselves, Burrola said.
Nielson’s January 8 statement noted her reasons for ending TPS. ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS, AFP/Getty Images Immigrants and activists protest near the White House on January 8, 2018 in Washington. Fear is that the next group up to have their TPS canceled will be Hondurans. If lawmakers don’t, “we’ll hold them accountable at the ballot box next year”, Sáenz said.
Supporters of the administration’s move point out that the temporary status is supposed to last 18 months at a time, with extensions granted if armed conflict or disaster conditions persist. He argued that people from impoverished countries are unlikely to want to return after receiving temporary status to live in the U.S. “They own homes and businesses”, Walsh said. It had previously suffered the ravages of Hurricane Mitch in 1999. Firstly, the earthquakes came shortly after a decade’s long civil war that claimed the lives of at least 100.000 Salvadorans. They must leave by November.