Some 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants allowed to live and work in the United States since 2001 will lose their right to remain in the country in 2019, officials said on Monday, marking the Trump administration's latest move to tighten immigration enforcement. Haitian advocates quickly criticized the decision.
TPS allows immigrants to legally work in the United States and Guevara said his parents have worked hard.
The administration has now terminated TPS status for four countries - El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan.
Miami Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen called the president's decision "cruel" and said it would have a "terrible impact" on the approximately 200,000 Salvadorans affected - 12 percent live in South Florida - and for their families and the communities where they have resided for years.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Salvadorans who have stayed in the US with temporary protected status only a fraction of the estimated 2 million Salvadorans living there would have to leave by September 9, 2019, unless Congress came up with a solution allowing them to stay.
For Martinez, moving to El Salvador would mean starting over in a country he does not remember at all.
"The substantial disruption of living conditions caused by the earthquake" no longer exists, Homeland Security said in a statement.
Last summer, when rumors swirled through the Haitian community that its members were going to lose the TPS designation in place since the 2010 Haiti natural disaster (the designation was lifted in November), a wave of Haitians headed to the Canadian border. In fact, more than 273,000 children of TPS holders grew up in the United States and know no other home. Ending TPS for the Salvadorans and others "would have immediate, expensive ramifications for our country and industry", the union said. The AP spoke to a group of them in Houston and Los Angeles Tuesday.
Their children, numbered at more than 190,000, are USA citizens by birth. "El Salvador has one of the highest homicide levels in the world and crimes such as extortion, assault and robbery are common".More news: Rainy Thursday will give way to sleet and snow on Friday
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"They have been in the USA for 17 or 18 years".
"The Department of State warns US citizens to carefully consider the risks of travel to El Salvador due to the high rates of crime and violence". And so, for those who are not US citizens, it's time to go back.
Fearing an influx of newcomers crossing "irregularly" into Canada from the United States, the Canadian government has embarked on an information campaign to discourage Salvadorans from trekking north, as thousands of Haitians did when threatened with a loss of protected status last summer.
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When the Trump administration announced its decision to end DACA last fall, Coffman announced that he would make the exceedingly rare move of trying to force a vote on his bill that would temporarily extend the program's protections.
Thousands of Salvadorans have been working and living under temporary protected status in the US after a pair of devastating earthquakes in 2001.
Salvadorans became eligible for the temporary status after a series of earthquakes in 2001. ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS, AFP/Getty Images Immigrants, allies and elected officials hold a press conference to demand that the Department of Homeland Security extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) on January 8, 2018 in NY.
Nielson's January 8 statement noted her reasons for ending TPS. BRYAN R. SMITH, AFP/Getty Images A young girl watches as other immigrants and activists protest near the White House to demand that the Department of Homeland Security extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for almost 200,000 Salvadorans on January 8, 2018 in Washington.