Salvadorans Next for US Deportation Machine

Violet Powell
January 15, 2018

Mateo Barrera, 4 originally from El Salvador, whose family members benefit from Temporary Protected Status attends a news conference in Los Angeles, Jan. 8.

Near the White House on Monday, people protest the Trump administration announcement that it was ending temporary protected status for about 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants. Where are these 200,000 people expected to go, and how will they possibly be absorbed?

"Following the 2001 natural disaster, El Salvador received a significant amount of global aid to assist in its recovery efforts, including millions of dollars dedicated to emergency and long-term assistance ..."

This morning, Trump denied that he used those words, but that may be little comfort for Salvadorans living under the threat of deportation.

For local Salvadorans, Serrano said, it's one more frustrating barrier that complicates a path to US citizenship.

The Trump administration is phasing out the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that granted temporary work permits for qualifying young immigrants who came to the children. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) was created by Congress in 1990, and allows foreign citizens to remain and work legally in the USA if they are unable to return home due to armed conflicts, natural disasters, or other "extraordinary and temporary circumstances". Many are union members, O'Sullivan noted.

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Bernice King, will be the keynote speaker at the commemorative service honoring her father at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. The library will remain open that day, and via a partnership with HMIN will offer free educational programs and activities.

Asylum seekers cross illegally because under a U.S. Donald Trump pushed back a project Thursday, of two-party agreement on immigration, which would include the protection of Haitian, Salvadoran citizens, and of some African nations. "The president and his administration rarely miss an opportunity to cause misery for immigrants, people of color, or working people". According to the Center for Migration Studies, a New York-based think tank, Salvadoran in the United States under TPS have 192,700 American-born children; almost nine out of ten are in the labor force, and nearly one-fourth own their own homes.

Another life concerning issue is the fact that Guevara is gay and fears persecution in El Salvador. But we expect that many if not most of those who lose their protected status will comply with the law. In her statement regarding the decision to terminate TPS for Salvadorans, Nielsen asserts that the conditions which led to the initial program in 2001 no longer exist and that the government is "required" to end the program.

"What worries me the most is that without papers I wouldn't be able to work", Mora said. It would also worsen "an already stressed skilled worker pool" in the building trades. She told the crowd she wants to teach English as a second language when she grows up to help immigrant families.

"They still have to be eligible for some other visa and it's probably likely that most people won't be, but some significant number will", he said.

The move will create tens of thousands of new undocumented immigrants in the United States; aggravate labor shortages in some American cities; saddle one of the hemisphere's most beleaguered countries with problems it is ill-equipped to manage; and embitter tens of thousands of US -born citizens whose parents are suddenly thrust into a life in the shadows or forced to return to a country where they have no future.

"Conditions in El Salvador have remained extremely risky and volatile, albeit for different reasons", she said. Deporting tens of thousands of Salvadorans, and, in the process, depriving their country of the remittances they send home, will only deepen that country's unfolding disaster.

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