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262,500 Salvadoran ‘Protected Immigrants’ Ordered to Leave America Immediately

 
 
 
 
 
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On Monday, President Trump’s administration announced it was ending the “protected status” allowing 262,500 immigrants from El Salvador to stay in the country,

Now, these people will be forced those to either leave the country or find another means of legally staying in the United States.

From The Hill

The Trump administration on Monday said it would end the protected status that allows 262,500 immigrants from El Salvador to stay in the country, forcing those people to either leave the country or find another means of legally staying in the United States.

The dramatic announcement is the fourth such change to Temporary Protected Status (TPS) that has been made by the Trump administration, which has taken a tough line on immigration issues.

Between all TPS cuts and the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the Trump administration has ended immigration benefits for nearly 1 million people in less than a year.

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), head of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus immigration taskforce, said the decision would uproot people who have lived in the United States for decades.

“The White House is peddling a fantasy where hundreds of thousands of people who have established their lives, families, and businesses in the U.S. for decades will leave or can be rounded up and deported,” he said. “Turning immigrants living and working legally in the U.S. into undocumented immigrants defies logic, even for this president.”

The cancellation could add tension to talks between the White House and Congress about legislation that would allow DACA recipients to stay in the country. Those negotiations are closely tied to efforts to prevent a government shutdown this month.

The Salvadorans affected by the order have been in the United States since at least 2001, when TPS status was granted after two devastating earthquakes ravaged the country. The decision also allowed hundreds of thousands of Salvadoran civil war refugees who were in the United States legally or illegally to remain and work stateside.

TPS benefits are awarded to foreign citizens residing in the United States whose home countries undergo devastating natural or man-made disasters, making a return dangerous or unsustainable. Previous Democratic and Republican administrations routinely renewed TPS country designations for the maximum 18-month period, based on a holistic assessment of countries’ ability to reabsorb their emigrants.

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