Kaine statement on Trump administration decision to end protections for displaced Salvadorans

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Salvadorans were the largest group of immigrants under TPS, but the program has also allowed immigrants from countries like Honduras, Haiti and Nicaragua fleeing from natural disasters or war to come to the U.S. The Trump administration previously announced plans previous year to end the protections for Nicaraguans and Haitians as well.

"Now with this decision we could lose all that", she said. They have 18 months to pack up the home they've had for almost two decades and return to a country torn apart by violence and poverty.

For over a year, Brentwood residents Enrique and Vanessa Velasco have hoped against hope that the current administration would extend existing protections for the over 200,000 Salvadorans like themselves living in the U.S.

The administration has been phasing out temporary protected status from 10 countries that have suffered armed conflicts, earthquakes, and other natural disasters, such as Nepal, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia, according to the Congressional Research Service. El Salvador had previously received the designation in 1990 after thousands of Salvadorans fled to the USA seeking refuge from a brutal civil war.

Catholic bishops and organizations have expressed concern that Salvadorans would be forced to return to a socially unstable country that is ravaged by gangs and has been designated by various organizations as one of the most unsafe places in the world and one not equipped to absorb such a large-scale repatriation.

Some of the asylum seekers were spurred north by a misconception that Canada has special immigration programs in place for people covered by the temporary status program in the U.S.

Most of those refugees were Haitians, who also feared losing their TPS. "We would have to keep her inside to keep her hidden and safe".

Carrion says the vast majority of immigrants from El Salvador are not low-skilled migrant workers or criminals that the Trump administration promised to deport.

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A big concern for Catholic organizations and leaders is the 192,000 US -born children of Salvadoran families. "This program was a really bad idea from the start and is completely unrealistic in thinking that, once here, they would be willing to return to their home countries where conditions may have improved but are still nowhere near the living conditions here in the United States", Coffman said.

Faced with this phenomenon, the Canadian Minister of Immigration, Ahmed Hussen, said in a press conference on Tuesday that the government has put a preventive plan in place, in case the Salvadoran citizens decide to take similar measures. Taxpayers who could probably apply for permanent citizenship. "Instead of withdrawing their protections, our government should welcome these long-term, settled members of our communities and find ways to give them a permanent path to residency".

The Salmerons said they don't believe government leaders are thinking about the children who will be affected by changes to TPS. Firstly, the earthquakes came shortly after a decade's long civil war that claimed the lives of at least 100.000 Salvadorans. She had no wish to return to El Salvador.

These families face a heartbreaking decision, Burrola said. But we expect that many if not most of those who lose their protected status will comply with the law.

The Haitians began arriving even before a final decision had been made on their temporary status and the surge - upwards of 200 people a day in the summer months - saw the Liberal government scramble to mount a response. Salvadoran families who have American born children will have to make a hard decision of breaking up their family or going back with their children to a country that is still considered highly unsafe.

The Ohio-based Ignatian Solidarity Network said returning, for many Salvadorans, means returning to danger.

"If nothing happens before then, we will have to leave September 2019", Vanessa said.

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