First were Nicaraguan immigrants, n Haitians and now Salvadorans. The government of Donald Trump announced on Monday end of temporary protection status (TPS in its English acronym), a special immigration program that prevents deportation, for some 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants.
Salvadoran citizens under TPS are 18 months, until September 2019, to leave U.S. or get anor legal residence permit. If y do not, reafter, y will be considered undocumented immigrants and may be deported. Many of m have been in United States for more than a decade. The previous TPS cancellations affected many fewer immigrants: 59,000 Haitians and 5,300 Nicaraguan.
TPS has become an easy target for Trump Immigration's hard-handed policy. The Department of Homeland Security decides wher or not to renew se program protections, created in 1990 to grant extraordinary visas to citizens affected by wars or natural disasters.
The last TPS for El Salvador began in 2001 after Central American country suffered two devastating earthquakes. Critics with program argue that it was conceived to offer temporary and non-permanent migratory protections.
But cancellation would trigger traumatic effects. For example, thousands of children who had in U.S. se immigrants are American citizens, so, unlike ir parents, y cannot be deported.
According to Center for Migratory Studies, re are 135,000 homes of Salvadoran immigrants, covered by TPS. 88% of m work and 10% have married American citizens. A quarter of Salvadorans live in California and a fifth in suburbs of Washington City.