Trump Administration Ends Special Status For Salvadoran Immigrants
As many as 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants living in the United States will no longer be allowed to stay after the Trump administration announced the end to their protected status.
The Central Americans had been permitted to stay following a devastating earthquake in 2001, under Temporary Protected Status, or TPS.
In the 17 years that have followed, every administration has extended their window to stay, including the Obama administration in September 2016.
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But new Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen determined Monday that the “substantial disruption of living conditions caused by the earthquake no longer exist,” according to the Department of Homeland Security.
The move could force those who had been protected under TPS to leave the U.S. by September 2019 or face deportation.
DHS states that the Salvadoran immigrants have 18 months until the official termination, in an effort to give them time to arrange for departure and for El Salvador to “prepare for the return and reintegration of its citizens.”
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