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President Donald Trump (L) listens with US Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen during a meeting with Republican members of the Senate about immigration at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 4, 2018.
Around 0,000 Salvadorans allowed to live from the United States since 2001 after earthquakes in El Salvador must leave the country in 2019, U.S. officials said on Monday, marking the Trump administration’s latest move to tighten immigration law enforcement.
Termination of the Salvadorans’ temporary protected status (TPS) will take effect Sept. 9, 2019, to give them time to leave or seek lawful residency, along with for El Salvador to prepare for their return, officials said.
The decision to end TPS for Salvadorans can be part of the administration’s broader push to deport immigrants who are from the United States illegally. The decision was heavily criticized by immigrant advocates who said the item ignored violence in El Salvador, which has one of the planet’s highest murder rates.
The Trump administration has faced a series of deadlines over the past year to decide whether to end the protected status of immigrants from the United States whose home countries have been affected by disasters. Administration officials have said TPS can be supposed to provide a temporary haven for victims, not a permanent status from the United States.