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Salvadorans must go back home or obtain legal residency, with TPS program ending
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2018 12:15 PM CST

  • Lifeline: El Salvador President Salvador Sanchez Ceren spoke with Nielsen last week and urged her to extend the protections, to no avail. One reason for his concern: Money sent home from the US plays a big role in the Salvadoran economy, reports the New York Times. About 40% of households there live below the poverty line, and money from abroad accounted for 17% of the economy last year. Most of it came from the US.
  • Critics: GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley voiced a sentiment common among critics of the TPS program in a letter to DHS last year in which he complained that the immigrants were taking "jobs that might otherwise be filled by one of the 7.1 million unemployed Americans," per Bloomberg.
  • Critics, take II: "We need to put the 'T' back into TPS," Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies tells the Times. "This has gone on far too long." He and others say TPS has widened far beyond the scope of its intent, to provide temporary relief to immigrants from nations torn by natural disasters or violence. El Salvador's status has been renewed 11 times.
  • Counterpoint: Advocates say El Salvador is violent and impoverished, a too-dangerous destination for families. "The decision on El Salvador is particularly damaging,” says Kevin Appleby of the Center for Migration Studies. "It not only will uproot families and children who have lived here for years, it also will further destabilize an already violent country. It is incredibly short-sighted and undermines our interest in a stable Central America." The Washington Post talks to individual Salvadorans now fearing deportation.
  • History: Though TPS came into play after the 2001 earthquakes, NPR notes that the vast majority of Salvadorans in the US came here in the 1980s and '90s during their nation's civil war. The move means that fewer than 100,000 people will remain protected under TPS, which was signed into law in 1990 by George HW Bush. That's down from more than 300,000 from 10 nations when Trump took office.
(Read more El Salvador stories.)

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