TPS for Salvadorans to End

(Photo from La Tribuna Hispana)

The Trump administration announced on Jan. 8 that it is ending the TPS (temporary protected status) program for Salvadorans, effective in 18 months. The decision will affect nearly 200,000 citizens of El Salvador currently in the U.S., who received TPS status following the 2001 earthquake and face the prospect of returning to a country plagued by violence. As the New York Immigration Coalition noted in a press release, the TPS designation has been awarded…

…to nationals of countries experiencing humanitarian crisis such as violent conflict, environmental disasters, or epidemics that would prevent nationals from returning safely. As of today, there are an estimated 325,000 TPS recipients living in the United States, representing ten TPS-designated countries: El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. In November 2017, the Trump Administration ended TPS for both Nicaragua and Haiti. Over 30,000 TPS recipients reside in New York, including 16,200 Salvadorans, 4,600 Hondurans, and 5,200 Haitians.

Steve Choi, executive director of NYIC, called the termination of TPS “disgraceful” and said that the move “will have a significant negative impact on the social fabric and economic growth of our local communities.”

Patrick Young, Esq. of CARECEN-NY, the Central American Refugee Center, said that the more than 500 Salvadorans protected by TPS that the organization has worked with “have lived in the U.S., on average, for over two decades. Many are homeowners and the parents of American-born children. As the fifth largest Salvadoran community in the United States, Long Island will be devastated by the loss of workers when TPS ends. Middle class homes will be foreclosed on and U.S. citizen children of those with TPS will become dependent on the government as parents with TPS lose their ability to work here. Salvadorans will eventually be deported back to one of the most dangerous countries in the world. It is a cruel New Year for Long Islanders with TPS.”

CARECEN is planning free meetings about the decision, the first of which will be held on Jan. 17 at 5:15 p.m. at CARECEN’s Hempstead office at 91 N. Franklin St. Suite 208, Hempstead.

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