After a pair of devastating earthquakes struck El Salvadore in 2001, a program called TPS was set up which allowed over 200,000 El Salvadorian immigrants to take refuge in the United States. The average TPS recipients have lived in the U.S. for over 15 years and have fully integrated into American culture - opening businesses, paying taxes, and raising families here. However, TPS was not set up to feature an official path to citizenship, so many have remained in the U.S. this entire time as legal immigrants.
The Trump administration has announced it is ending temporary protected status for nearly 200,000 people from El Salvador. Under TPS, they had been allowed to live and work legally in the U.S. since a pair of earthquakes struck the country in 2001.😞— Sandra Bonilla (@sandriBonilla) January 8, 2018
#TPS families have not only had permission to live in the US, they’ve become part of their communities, buying homes, opening businesses, and starting families. They have "been fully vetted, fingerprinted and incorporated into American society." #ProtectTPS #SaveTPS— Gabe #DreamActNow Ortíz (@TUSK81) January 8, 2018
Here's my statement on the Trump administration's decision to cast out 200,000 El Salvadorans who have built their lives here and contributed to our communities and economy. El Salvador's own government argues that it's too dangerous for them to return.https://t.co/SO72qWP2fh pic.twitter.com/6Qx1b0TBgT— Raja Krishnamoorthi (@CongressmanRaja) January 8, 2018
I was a high school teacher at a school where hundreds of Salvadorian students were here under TPS. These are kids who have lived in the US since they were three or four years old & who are now being told to go back to a country they don’t know.— Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) January 8, 2018
Once again i can’t justify any person who voted for Trump. Now I’m being personally affected by one of the choices he’s made. TPS has protected people from El Salvador for 20 years. Why take that away now??— jasmin campos (@jcrjasmin) January 8, 2018
Only time will tell whether President Trump's decision stands, though the famously stubborn President is unlikely to reverse his decision simply because his opposition cry "foul." In the meantime, many El Salvadorians are making plans to return to a country very different from the one they're used to: