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Trump Removes TPS for 200,000 Salvadoran Immigrants

Trump Removes TPS for 200,000 Salvadoran Immigrants

In a recent move that will significantly impact the lives of almost 200,000 Salvadorans, the Trump administration has ordered the termination of temporary protected status (TPS) for immigrants from El Salvador, who have been legally living and working in the U.S. for the last ten years. TPS is a humanitarian program that has provided relief to individuals from El Salvador since two massive earthquakes hit the country in 2001. The termination of TPS for Salvadorans was foreshadowed by the termination of TPS for Haitian immigrants who received protections under the program after a 2010 earthquake several weeks ago, and the termination of TPS for Nicaraguans last year. These actions illustrate how the Trump administration has spent most of its time undoing policies, many related to immigration, since taking over the White House in 2017. These policy changes have occurred both with respect to illegal immigration and legal immigration. The administration allegedly took this action because the conditions that existed in El Salvador following the earthquakes no longer exist, in that the country has been able to reconstruct some portions of its infrastructure. Therefore, the administration reasoned, the participation in the TPS program by immigrants from El Salvador must end. However, this group of Salvadoran immigrants will have until September, 2019, to wrap up their affairs and return to El Salvador. After that date, these individuals will no longer be legally present in the country. For many of these immigrants, the TPS termination leaves them with an impossible decision; they must either stay in the country illegally and lose their jobs and benefits due to the revocation of their work permits, or return to a country that continues the struggle to rebuild following the earthquakes. Individuals who are detained and/or facing deportation due to an expiration of TPS, or for any other reason, need an experienced California immigration attorney who can assist them with this often complex process. We are here to stand up for the rights of detained immigrants, including the special medical needs of pregnant detainees. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we know how to stand up for the rights of those who are legally entitled to remain in the U.S. Call us today at (510) 756-4468 and schedule an appointment with one of our deportation defense lawyers, and learn how we can assist you.

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