32BJ, others rip Trump for ending TPS for El Salvadorans

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

Widespread deportations will likewise be a major blow to the economy of El Salvador, underpinned by the remittances Salvadorans living in the US send to their families. The 6.1 magnitude quake struck February 14, 2001, leaving some 260 dead and more than 2,260 wounded.

He said today: "The Trump Administration's decision to end Temporary Protected Status for approximately 200,000 Salvadorans residing in the United States is abhorrent". The Immigrant Law Center has set up a hotline to help them. For example, a Maryland-based construction company founded by Salvadoran immigrants rebuilt the Pentagon after 9/11 - on time and under budget. By that logic the entire population of El Salvador should be enabled to emigrate here. This follows similar decisions late previous year ending protection for 65,000 nationals of Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan. During and after that war, hundreds of thousands of Salvadorans came to the United States, many crossing the border illegally and others overstaying their visas.

In addition, more than 50,000 children in California were born in the US but have Salvadoran parents who now face deportation due to losing their temporary protected status, according to the Center for American Progress.

It is unknown how many Salvadorans will return home after U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to cancel TPS from September 2019 gave them 18 months to leave or seek lawful residency.

Angela Ventura El Salvador Association of Windsor

At a time when Trump is demonizing TPS recipients, spreading vile lies, and taking protections away from the most vulnerable, it's important to remember that they're an essential part of the fabric of our community.

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that New York City is home to 15,000 Salvadorans.

Nearly exactly 17 years after the first natural disaster struck, what has changed? Homes, school, and hospitals were repaired and rebuilt since a massive 2001 quake. How is that in the United States' interest? The result is a level of violent crime that deters investment, suffocating economic growth and job creation.

Some Salvadorans fled to the United States during its 1980s civil war.


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau isn't inviting 200,000 expelled Salvadorans to come on over to the Great White North. By contrast, most Americans will not agree that legal status should turn on their president's prejudices.

More important is the potential effect on our own country.

He's become a political activist in response to President Trump's policies and says many members of his extended family are trying to get their citizenship, so they can increase the family's voting power.

He also thinks some Salvadoran families in the USA could start sending more money back — something that started when Donald Trump was elected president — so remittance figures could rise. Many more Salvadorans are not in the program, with growing numbers entering the US illegally over the past decade fleeing violence and poverty. And his botched response to Hurricane Maria has hardly endeared him to the Puerto Rican community, and they're US citizens. All Salvadorans then in the USA, whether legally or illegally, were permitted to remain. Nonetheless, these immigrants followed the law.


Canada treats some claims for asylum differently than does the U.S. Today, some 195,000 Salvadorans are covered by TPS; they have 197,000 USA citizen children among them, and have lived here for an average of 21 years.

They were vetted by the US government, admitted, allowed to work and supported themselves.

This is different from a refugees status; refugees are in their home country when disaster strikes.


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