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Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Trump Ends Protection From Deportation for 200000 Salvadorans

Trump Ends Protection From Deportation for 200000 Salvadorans

Young and other advocates are also concerned about the impact of the decision on local economies like Long Island's and the fate of USA citizen children of affected families.

The Salvadorans, who were granted temporary permits to live and work in the US after a series of deadly earthquakes, could be deported if they don't leave the U.S.by September 9, 2019, said two senior administration officials who spoke to reporters Monday on condition of anonymity. Over 250,000 people from El Salvador in the United States are protected by TPS, including mothers and fathers of USA citizens.

She explained that El Salvador has received significant worldwide aid and that much of the country's infrastructure is rebuilt. This statistical portrait of TPS beneficiaries from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti reveals hardworking populations with strong family and other ties to the United States.

The Salvadoran immigrants who see their protected status expire will be forced to confront a complex web of federal immigration policy, and have very few options to remain in the United States.

In September 2016, the Obama administration extended protections for 18 months, saying El Salvador suffered lingering harm from the 2001 earthquakes that killed more than 1,000 people and was temporarily unable to absorb such a large number of returning people.

Groups on the right that advocate for restricting immigration are pressing the Homeland Security Department to end the status for El Salvador, and were concerned during Nielsen's confirmation that she would be adequately hard-line in implementing President Donald Trump's immigration agenda.

But Ms. Nielsen said she was abiding by the letter of the law, which only allows TPS to be granted when the home country is not able to handle the return of its own people. "By returning TPS recipients to El Salvador, the United States could be sending people to their deaths".

Patrick Young, program director at the nonprofit Central American Refugee Center in Hempstead and Brentwood, said prior administrations had considered "the conditions of chaotic violence in El Salvador" when they extended TPS.

The Department of Homeland Security, which administers TPS, did not respond to a request for comment.

Two U.S. officials discussed the decision on condition of anonymity with The Associated Press because they were not authorized to speak publicly ahead of the announcement.

"Allowing them to stay longer only undermines the integrity of the program and essentially makes the "temporary" protected status a front operation for backdoor permanent immigration", added Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA. Trump said in September that he was ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, but gave Congress until March to act.

Although administration officials have said protections for current TPS holders should be left to Congress, it's clearly not a priority ― the White House hasn't mentioned it in documents laying out its policy goals on immigration.

The benefit, which includes work authorization, can be renewed up to 18 months at a time by the Homeland Security secretary.

Last year, the administration ended those protections for citizens of Haiti and Nicaragua.

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