U.S. moves toward expelling 200,000 Salvadorans

Some 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants allowed to live and work in the United States since 2001 will lose their right to remain in the country in 2019, officials said on Monday. Tom Rowe reports.
Anger and frustration outside the White House Monday… after President Trump decided to end protections for hundreds of thousands of immigrants from El Salvador… his latest move to tighten U.S. policy on immigration.

The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday it's terminating the temporary legal status established after a deadly earthquake in El Salvador in 2001.

…meaning 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants may have to return home in September 2019.

The administration says the 18-month delay will give the immigrants time to either leave or seek lawful residency.

The decision is part of a broader push by the Trump administration. Thousands of Haitians, Nicaraguans and Hondurans risk losing similar protections.

U.S. officials argue their special status was meant to provide a temporary haven for disaster victims, not a permanent home in the United States, and that conditions in El Salvador have improved.

But immigrant advocates are blasting the move, saying Salvadorans and their children who have been in the U.S. for many years, should not be sent back to a struggling with a weak economy and widespread gang violence.



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