United States strikes towards expelling 200000 Salvadorans

United States strikes towards expelling 200000 Salvadorans

Haitian advocates quickly criticized the decision.

On Monday, the United States announced that it will end a program that allowed some 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants to remain in the country under temporary protected status (TPS).

The family will move to Honduras with their children and the couple do not intend to return north, she said, though they worry about violence and political instability in central America. The department's announcement said El Salvador has gotten significant worldwide aid to help with natural disaster recovery, and the end date is eighteen months away to provide for a smooth transition. "Today, in one of her first acts as the new head of the Department of Homeland Security, Secretary Nielsen has told 200,000 of our friends, neighbors and colleagues - people who sought safety in the United States and have had full permission to build lives here for almost 17 years - that they have 18 months to pack their bags and return to El Salvador, a country that is plagued by the highest homicide rate in Latin America, a 95 percent impunity rate and escalating human-rights abuses".

Gilma Campos, for example, is originally from El Salvador, but has lived and worked in West Tampa for 22 years. "This program was a really bad idea from the start and is completely unrealistic in thinking that, once here, they would be willing to return to their home countries where conditions may have improved but are still nowhere near the living conditions here in the United States", Coffman said.

That means they will have to chose between taking their American-raised children to a country that they have had little or no connection with or letting them grow up in the United States without parents.

TPS protections were granted to eligible Salvadorans after a pair of 2001 earthquakes in the country. The AP spoke to a group of them in Houston and Los Angeles Tuesday.

Discussions over TPS have since become part of the bipartisan negotiations for an immigration deal that would stop the deportation of young immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children and enhance border security. A weak economy and gang violence has given El Salvador one of the world's highest murder rates.

Salvadorans have until September 9, 2019 to try to legalize their status in the United States.


"The Department of State warns USA citizens to carefully consider the risks of travel to El Salvador due to the high rates of crime and violence".

"To disregard the contributions that El Salvadorans have made in communities across this country by stamping an expiration date on their lives here is inhumane", said Amanda Baran of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.

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But Campos is concerned for several of her customers, also from El Salvador, who still maintain temporary protected status.

While the decision by the US government is something that Velasco has been preparing for as the Trump administration moves to tighten immigration enforcement, telling her three children still wasn't easy.

In the case of Haiti, a call by former DHS head John Kelley was issued in May 2017 for Haitian quake victims to hastily re-register with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in order to maintain their status, only to be followed by acting DHS Secretary Elaine Costanzo Duke's declaration in November announcing the program's termination in July 2019.

Congress must take immediate action to permanently protect TPS holders, to pass the Dream Act and to move forward comprehensive immigration reform. The TPS holders are as Bostonian as anyone else in this city, he said. BRYAN R. SMITH, AFP/Getty Images Rodman Serrano, of Long Island, the son of TPS parents speaks as immigrants, activists and elected officials hold a press conference to demand that the Department of Homeland Security extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) on January 8, 2018 in NY.

At the same time, Coffman is proposing to eliminate the TPS program for future immigrants.

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