by Daveda Gruber:
Protections for Salvadoran immigrants is ending. The Trump administration is forcing nearly 200,000 to leave the country or face deportation officials reported on Monday.
El Salvador is the fourth country whose citizens have lost Temporary Protected Status under President Donald Trump. This has come to a halt.
They have been the largest beneficiaries of the program. They have been provided humanitarian relief for foreigners whose countries are hit with natural disasters or other trouble.
Not authorized to speak publicly ahead of the announcement, two U.S. officials discussed the decision on condition of anonymity with ‘The Associated Press’.
One official said Salvadorans will have until September 2019 to leave the country or adjust their legal status.
A large numbers of Salvadorans have enjoyed special protection since earthquakes struck the Central American country in 2001.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s decision will send some discomfort through parts of Washington, Los Angeles, New York, Houston and other metropolitan areas that are home to Salvadorans who have established deep roots in the U.S., starting families and businesses over decades. Kirstjen Nielsen faced a deadline on Monday to decide whether or not to grant another extension.
El Salvador is a country of 6.2 million people whose economy depends on remittances from wage earners in the U.S.
A growing numbers of Salvadorans, many coming as families or unaccompanied children, have come into the United States illegally through Mexico.
They have been fleeing violence and poverty over the last decade.
The Obama administration extended protections for 18 months in September 2016. They said El Salvador suffered lingering harm from the 2001 earthquakes that killed more than 1,000 people. They were temporarily unable to absorb such a large number of people.
El Salvador President Salvador Sanchez Ceren spoke with Nielsen to renew his plea to extend status for 190,000 Salvadorans and allow more time for Congress to deliver a long-term fix for them to stay in the U.S.
the White House and Congress are in the middle of intensifying talks between on an immigration package that may include protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who came to the country as children and were temporarily shielded from deportation under an Obama-era program.
Trump, in September, said that he was ending ‘Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals’, or DACA, but gave Congress until March to act.
In 1990 the U.S. created ‘Temporary Protected Status’ to provide a safe haven from countries affected by earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, war and other disasters. It currently shields nearly 320,000 people from 10 countries. There are nearly 440,000 beneficiaries from the 10 countries, including 263,000 from El Salvador. Many have obtained legal status through other ways.
The benefit can be renewed up to 18 months at a time by the Homeland Security secretary. It includes work permission. Many beneficiaries stay years after the initial justification has been set.
Nielsen had said last week that short-term extensions are not the answer.
She said, “Getting them to a permanent solution is a much better plan than having them live 6 months to 12 months to 18 months.”
Nielsen’s predecessor, acting Secretary Elaine Duke, ended the protection for Haitians. That required about 50,000 to leave or adjust their legal status by July 22, 2019.
Twenty-five thousand Nicaraguans were also notified. They were given until Jan. 5, 2019.
She delayed a decision affecting more than 50,000 Hondurans. This decision now falls on Nielsen.
Last year, the Trump administration extended status for South Sudan and ended it for Sudan. Other countries covered are Nepal, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.
I believe in helping others but this is too much. The cost to the U.S. is estimated at around $113 Billion.
The liability of the world should not be our responsibility. It sure takes a long time to rid ourselves of this burden.