Posted on January 9, 2018
Salvadorans in New York angry after Trump announces end of TPS
— Ivan Pereira (@IvanPer4) January 9, 2018
President Donald Trump’s plan to end protections for thousands of Salvadorans who have been living in the country for the last 17 years has enraged immigrants and advocates in New York. The United States will end the Salvadorans’ temporary protected status (TPS) on Sept. 9, 2019, giving them 20 months to leave or seek lawful residency. El Salvador will have the same amount of time to prepare for their return, officials said. The status was granted in the wake of two devastating 2001 earthquakes in El Salvador that left hundreds of thousands in the country homeless. Anu Joshi, director of immigration policy for the New York Immigration Coalition, said there are over 16,000 Salvadoran TPS recipients in the city who have nowhere else to go, if they can’t find another legal option once their protections expire. She added it would be more devastating for the 15,000 city children whose parents have the TPS. “What the administration has done has thrown this community into chaos,” she said. Trump administration changes to the TPS program mean that over the next two years about 250,000 people who previously had permission to live and work in the United States will be subject to deportation if they remain. Haitians and Nicaraguans will lose their protected status in 2019 and Hondurans, the second largest group in the program, could lose their rights later this year. Joshi urged any Salvadorans to renew their TPS status and contact an attorney as soon as possible to find the best option against deportation.