by Countable | 1.8.18
On Monday Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen officially announced the administration was rescinding Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 200,000 Salvadoran legal residents. These immigrants have had legally protected status since 2001, when major earthquakes decimated the country.
DHS stated that those effected have 18 months, until September of 2019, to "either leave the U.S. or "seek an alternative lawful immigration status in the United States, if eligible.""
TPS designation was extended to immigrants already in the U.S. as of 2001 by President George W. Bush, allowing them to work and reside legally without fear of deportation. Recipients were required to reapply, paying hundreds of dollars in application fees, every 18 months.
The Salvadoran government has requested repeatedly that the designation be extended. The U.S. government has deemed for the last 15 years that drought, extreme poverty and widespread gang violence were reasonable reasons to keep the designation in place.
The Trump administration, however, says that the original reason for the designation, earthquake damage, is no longer a factor, so the justification for the designation is gone.
The administration has been eliminating countries from the TPS program steadily. The Haitian TPS designation will end in July of 2019. Last week the administration also rescinded TPS designation from 2,500 Nicaraguan immigrants.
Decisions are still pending on TPS designations for Honduras, Nepal, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, and South Sudan, but with the El Salvador decision the administration has rescinded protections for the vast majority of the 300,000 immigrants protected under the program when President Trump took office.
The administration says Congress can now choose whether or not to permanently protect these long-term legal residents, many of whom have minor children who are U.S. citizens.
Was the administration right to end TPS designation for Salvadorans or not? Should Congress pass legislation to protect these legal residents before they are at risk for deportation?
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— Asha Sanaker
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It was really nice 👍 to allow these folks to stay here under the circumstances. But yes all things do come to an end of sanctions. I would have thought if these folks wanted to stay in America they would have completed the necessary paperwork for citizenship or an extended work visa. Yes I do agree with this. I witnessed a swearing in of folks from these countries like San Salvador at our Court house. All good deeds only go so far then you as an individual are responsible for the rest.
This was called TEMPORARY Protected Status. It’s not cruel to send them back after 17 years. They knew it was temporary from the beginning.
I agree, the reason that they are here has been resolved. Any additional issues is the problem of their home Country. I’m sure they enjoy the US taking care of these family’s to ease the burden on their government but the cost is something that we can no longer afford if we ever could. These and all illegals get better care than poor American children and senior citizens.?Time to go!
This is one of the least empathetic administrations that we have ever had. If these people are willing to pay the renewal fee just to stay here, of course we should let them stay! Besides basic human rights reasons, the economic benefit that 200,000 people give is quite significant. Just sending people back simply because they are not from here, and the original turmoil in their home country is over, is a disgusting display of discrimination and immorality.
They were accepted under a 'temporary" status. It is now time for the next step. This is the right action to take.
Laws are not opinions or suggestions. Change the law or deport.
Deporting Salvadorans is this administration’s first ‘precedent’ to dealing with dreamers. Congress MUST come up w a route to citizenship for people in these situations. They have kids born here, too. We have to work to change Congress everyone. America at it’s heart is not what’s happening now with this Congress and this do-calmed President.
Please support legislation that protects this population from having their benefits terminated. They are deeply embedded in America, contributing to their communities and the economy. Not only will they suffer by being forced back to an impoverished country with no infrastructure to support them, but American businesses will suffer by losing workers and customers.
It annoys me that the liberals think that this is cruel. In reality, the US has bent over backwards in generosity toward these people. Some have used this opportunity to follow the legal process to become permanent residents. The rest are squatters. Now their temporary status has expired and it’s time to go.
What private company had the contract to remove the Statue of Liberty and ship it back to France? At least France respects her and what she stands for
Not good! Separation of families is wrong! This whole immigration thing has gotten out of control. Next time this administration checks who cares for their children, does their landscaping, cooks and serves the meals or cleans their house take a close look at the ethnicity of these hard working folks. Check out who works on your roof on your house works on maintaining your streets or any other manual labor. I’m sure if you speak to them you’ll find out most of these hard working people have at least 2 jobs. Ask them why? My nice republican Congress people they are supporting their families here and back in their native land!
This is shameful and anti-American. These people deserve a path to citizenship, and I have no doubt that many of them are more patriotic to this country, and more knowledgeable about our history and government, than many of the Americans who want them deported.
El Salvador’s ‘Death squads’ have returned. The danger is real, and the future for those returning is dire. Unemployment, violence and instability is at record highs in ES. These folks temporary status should be extended by this administration. Salvadorans own homes, businesses, have American children. We are better than this mean spirited administration. Raise your voice. And Vote. #Vote2018 #Vote2020
If the U.S. government extended the designation because of the extreme poverty and gang activity what has changed. I guess our genius POTUS has determined that those conditions no longer exist. His empathy for others is truly amazing. We should encourage these people to apply for citizenship instead of putting them on a ship for El Salvador.
This is unconscionable. Our standing in the world shrinks each day this administration is in power. Shame on you for enabling this destruction of hundreds of thousands of human lives to score cheap political points.
This administration is without a soul or a conscience. From the treatment of Haitian refugees to the Puerto Rico and USVI CITIZENS to these refugees from El Salvador, it has continued to devalue the face of America around the world. Instead of making America stronger by keeping its word and assisting those in need, it is making us a target. This is not keeping us safe. It is saying to these humans they do not deserve our help. These actions will come back to haunt us one day when we are suffering and in need of assistance. The world will rightfully sit back and laugh. Karma is real and when you are on the receiving end, it can suck.
This is outrageous and stands against what America stands for. It is wrong to allow El Salvadorans and families to be in danger, separated or in harms way.
I think this action dramatically reflects the inhumane underbelly of the Trump administration. Relying simply on the “temporary” nature of their protection, Trump completely ignores the human tragedy involved in sending nearly 200,000 people with strong connections to the US back to a dangerous unstable country which Trump himself warned Americans not to visit. And that’s not to mention the significant consequential economic damage to them and the US, since most are gainfully employed and pay taxes, some owning homes with mortgages. In addition, I understand that there are about 200,000 children born here to these El Salvadorian-Americans making them US citizens. Imagine the trauma inflicted on these innocent kids who now face the deportation of their parents or living in the very difficult world of undocumented immigrants. This is not the America I know and love. We’re bigger and better than that. Surely there is a much more humane and smart way to address the issue, and I urge Congress to find it soon before Trump’s cold and legalistic nationalism destroys everything that the lady with the torch in NY’s harbor stands for.
The US shares responsibility for the instability of many South American countries thru of historical interference with these nations. Mexico, Nicaragua and El Salvador are just three. We have offered sanctuary to many of the citizens of these countries over the years as a humanitarian gesture now only to insist that these people return to their native counties after they have made a life here. For the most part they have been good guests and have added to our culture. Instead of showing them the door we should reward them by offering avenues which would allow them to become citizens or we all should return to the countries of our ancestors.
Yes, we are sending them back to drought, gang violence, and extreme poverty, but it’s Ok because their original reason was an earthquake that is no longer valid. I expect this from trump and his nazis and am surprised he just hasn’t opened up camps with ovens yet, but what is our excuse? Sure, criminals, send them back, but the families established and contributing? What has happened to us to have made this a priority? I hate to say, but pray that you one day need to flee from a country gone mad and you find a more humane response.