January 20, 2018

Here's a Reminder that Salvadorans Rebuilt Pentagon Amid TPS Uncertainty

14 January 2018, 05:26 | Christie Tate

Anti-immigration fever strikes again

The Daily 202: Trump systematically alienates the Latino diaspora - from El Salvador to Puerto Rico and Mexico

Meanwhile, Republicans in the House of Representatives, Trump's erstwhile allies, are promoting a hardline anti-immigrant bill to sharply reduce the number of legal immigrants to the United States; place greater restrictions on employment; punish "sanctuary" cities that protect undocumented immigrants; detain minors stopped at the border; eliminate family preferences; and toughen sentences for deportees who try to return.

The decision to expel the Salvadorans, announced on Monday, is part of the Trump administration's broader push to tighten immigration laws.

He is protected, for now, under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, because he came to the country as a child.

Registered Salvadorans have a year and a half to prepare before their status is terminated. A similar revocation of TPS for Honduran migrants is expected later this year. TPS has provided these men, women and children the ability to live and work legally in the United States since 2001, when a series of earthquakes destabilized their homeland. "It's a temporary program", acknowledges the aspiring law student. "El Salvador demands respect to the dignity of its noble and fearless people, in the frame of the principles guiding the relations between the states and in the context of the current historical links between both nations, which we will keep on working for strengthening", said the Foreign Office in a bulletin.

There were two reasons for granting TPS: First, and most immediately, the Salvadoran economy would not have absorbed all those displaced had we deported them in the years after the earthquakes. The President is using them as pawns in his battle with Congress to build a wall separating the United States and Mexico. DACA recipients will face deportation if Congress doesn't act by March 5.

Canales represents one of many "mixed-status" households across the country.

Michael Kagan, director of the immigration clinic at UNLV, said citizens of El Salvador living in the USA should seek legal help.

When the status expires, Funke said, it will have the effect of splitting up families.

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Zepeda said he refuses to move his family to a country that feels less like home than like a unsafe foreign land.

S triking a blow for making America small again - plus petty, callous and self-defeating - the Trump administration on Monday stripped about 200,000 Salvadorans of their work authorizations and protection from deportation, effective 20 months from now. El Salvador is the second most risky country in the world and there are few immigrants more deserving of this essential protection. In 2016, the Obama administration said El Salvador was unable to handle the return of its citizens because "the government continues to struggle to respond adequately to increasing levels of crime, and there is little confidence the security situation will improve".

Salvadorans working overseas sent $4.5 billion to their families in the 11 months to November, 10 percent more than the year before, with most of the money earned in the United States, according to figures from El Salvador's Central Reserve Bank.

The Center's executive director, John Keller, said his clients would seek legal status if they could.

If deported, many would be subject to extortion and violence, and their USA citizen children could easily be recruited by gangs in their new countries.

Discussions over TPS have since become part of the bipartisan negotiations for an immigration deal that would stop the deportation of young immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children and enhance border security. But TPS was not meant to be, and shouldn't be, a way to admit immigrants or refugees who are covered by other programs. "I'd give my life for the United States", the then 28-year-old told the Post. In his op-ed, Bishop Seitz cites the economic contributions of the recipients and said their absence, should TPS end for them, will be felt financially and directly in certain industries, such as home health care and construction, not to mention the loss of taxes they pay to the local and federal government.

The deepest sense of insecurity surrounding the TPS community now stems from the administration's ignorance of a fundamental reality: The longer people stay, the deeper their American roots grow.

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