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  • 23.01.2021
US ends El Salvador immigrants' protection

US ends El Salvador immigrants' protection

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The Trump administration's decision to end special protections for nearly 200,0000 Salvadoran immigrants has filled many Salvadoran families with anxiety

They may be forced to abandon their roots in the US and return to a violent homeland they have not known for years, even decades.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen gave Salvadorans with temporary protected status until September 9, 2019, to leave the US or face deportation.
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El Salvador becomes the fourth country since President Donald Trump took office to lose protection under the program, which provides humanitarian relief for people whose countries are hit with natural disasters or other strife.

Many immigrants hope Congress can deliver a long-term reprieve by September 2019. If that fails, they face a grim choice: return to El Salvador voluntarily or live in the US illegally under an administration that has dramatically increased deportation arrests.

The US created temporary protected status in 1990 to provide safe havens for people from countries affected by earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, war and other disasters. It currently shields nearly 320,000 people from 10 countries, more than half from El Salvador.
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