End of TPS for El Salvador Endangers Thousands of Families

Kristopher Drake
January 9, 2018

Last year, the administration ended those protections for citizens of Haiti and Nicaragua. El Salvador's status has been continually renewed since 2001, when it was granted after a series of earthquakes.

Almost 200,000 Salvadorans will be forced to leave the US.

The Trump administration will end protections for certain nationals of El Salvador, a move that could leave more than 200,000 immigrants who have lived in the U.S. more than 15 years without any legal status, the Department of Homeland Security announced Monday. Over 250,000 people from El Salvador in the United States are protected by TPS, including mothers and fathers of US citizens.

The Trump administration has indicated for months that it believes the "temporary" in "temporary protected status" has been wrongly overlooked for too long.

The DHS will delay termination of TPS for a period of 18 months, which, the DHS says, will "provide time for individuals with TPS to arrange for their departure or to seek an alternative lawful immigration status in the United States, if eligible". Congressional Research Service puts the number of Salvadoran TPS recipients at about 260,000, but other experts say it is closer to 200,000 because some have gotten other immigration relief or left the country.

DHS has made an effort to emphasize that TPS depends on the original reason for the designation, not current conditions.

Ann Coulter applauded Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen's decision to rescind Temporary Protection Status for Salvadorans Monday, telling The Daily Caller, "They've got to go".

"The end of TPS for El Salvador is a devastating betrayal for thousands of families who arrived at the United States seeking safety as well as their US citizen children". Officials on the call repeatedly dismissed questions about the violence and economic conditions that persist in El Salvador, including the MS-13 gang that has been a top target of this administration, saying those factors are irrelevant to the decision. "It's inhumane and not consistent with American values".

Nielsen has the ultimate decision on whether to extend El Salvador's status, but advocates on the issue from both sides of the aisle anticipate a similar decision to that on Haiti, a struggling country as well, but one the department says has recovered from its devastating natural disaster in 2010. The decision was criticized by Republican and Democratic lawmakers from Florida. "Since 2001, these people have established themselves in the United States, making countless contributions to our society and our local communities".

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