Trump declares he's deporting 200000 Salvadoran immigrants from US

  • Trump declares he's deporting 200000 Salvadoran immigrants from US

Trump declares he's deporting 200000 Salvadoran immigrants from US

The Trump administration will announce Monday that it intends to cancel the provisional residency permits of about 200,000 Salvadorans who have lived in the country since at least 2001, leaving them vulnerable to deportation, according to mulitple people on Capitol Hill who've been apprised of the plan.

Termination of the Salvadorans' temporary protected status will take effect September 9, 2019, to give them time to leave or seek lawful residency, and for El Salvador to prepare for their return, officials said.

The decision follows months of lobbying from El Salvador's government, a bipartisan group of members of Congress, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, all of which believe Washington should come up with a way to allow Salvadorans to remain in the country.

Immigrant rights advocates argue that it would be wrong for the U.S.to send Salvadorans back to a country with one of the worst homicide rates in the world, particularly when many have USA citizen children who could be targets for gangs if they go with their parents.

The Trump administration has faced a series of deadlines over the past year to decide whether to end the protected status of immigrants in the United States whose home countries have been affected by disasters.

Haitians and Nicaraguans will lose their protected status in 2019 and Hondurans could lose theirs later this year. Salvadorans on TPS have also given birth to 192,000 children, all USA citizens, according to a report from the Center for Migration Studies.

In a call with reporters, a senior administration official said Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen decided the termination was "required" given that the original disaster that precipitated the status has been resolved enough to terminate the protections.

Critics immediately slammed the decision.

Salvadorans are the largest group by far with temporary protected status.

The criticism wasn't limited to Democrats.

But advocates for the immigrants protested the decision in advance. She said that El Salvador has received significant worldwide aid and that much of the country's infrastructure has since been rebuilt. "Since 2001, these people have established themselves in the United States, making countless contributions to our society and our local communities". They must return home by July 2019.

The issue will now be kicked to Congress. Senate negotiators are discussing potentially including a deal to end the diversity lottery, which is a top target of President Donald Trump, in exchange for some resolution on TPS, according to Republican Arizona Sen.