On Monday, January 8th the Department of Homeland Security announced the ending of Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans. Temporary Protected Status, also known as TPS, is a humanitarian program that allows nationals from countries affected by natural disaster or political turmoil to live and work in the United States legally. This news affects around 200,000-250,000 Salvadorans who have been in the United States since 2001. Salvadorans were granted Temporary Protected Status in March 2001 after two debilitating earthquakes caused extraordinary damage in the country.
The ending of protection for nationals from El Salvador follows recent news of the Trump administration rescinding protection for those from other countries previously designated under TPS, including Haiti and Nicaragua. Since signed into law by President George Bush in 1990, TPS has usually been renewed for designated countries on a basis of six, 12, or 18 months. The George W. Bush and Obama administrations have previously extended El Salvador’s classification multiple times.
The Trump administration has stated that Salvadorans enrolled in the program will have until September 2019 to organize their affairs. After that date, those Salvadorans will not have permission to live and work in the United States, and risk arrest and deportation.
Salvadorans currently residing in the United States may have options in changing to a more secure status in the United States. To explore your family or work based change of status in the U.S., please reach out to D’Alessio Law Group. D’Alessio Law Group is closely monitoring this news, and will provide updates as needed.