More than 200,000 Salvadorans in the U.S. Will Be Forced to Leave After Trump Ends Protection Status

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In addition to Nicaragua, Honduras, and Haiti, the Trump Administration announced that they will be ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) of another country today - El Salvador.

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More than 200,000 Salvadorans will be forced to leave the U.S. before September 2019 or become undocumented immigrants without legal protections. Salvadorans who came to the U.S. as a humanitarian effort after the devastating 2001 earthquake that ravaged the country, will have to seek permanent residence in the U.S. or risk deportation.

Many activists argue that El Salvador is still too violent for those citizens to return. Salvadorans who came here almost two decades ago, consider the U.S. home, and have built businesses and started a family here. Salvadoran families who have American born children will have to make a difficult decision of breaking up their family or going back with their children to a country that is still considered highly dangerous. A six-month extension was recently granted to 57,000 Hondurans and activists are hoping Congress will do the right thing to protect Salvadorans as well.

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The administration has been phasing out temporary protected status from 10 countries that have suffered armed conflicts, earthquakes, and other natural disasters, such as Nepal, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia, according to the Congressional Research Service.

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