U.S. has special obligation to Salvadoran immigrants

U.S. has special obligation to Salvadoran immigrants

Salvadorans who came to the U.S.as a humanitarian effort after the devastating 2001 quake that ravaged the country, will have to seek permanent residence in the US or risk deportation.

Rep. Mike CoffmanMichael (Mike) Howard CoffmanHouse Republican: "I worry about both sides" of the aisle on DACA Poll: Voters in vulnerable GOP districts oppose tax bill Giffords targets 8 Republicans on hide and carry in new ads MORE's (R-Colo.) bill would end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program while authorizing permanent legal residency for qualified current enrollees.

The right to stay in the USA was extended to people from El Salvador after two deadly earthquakes shook the country in 2001, killing hundreds and leaving thousands homeless.

The US-based Episcopal Church and ecumenical partner organisations are calling on Congress to act if the Trump administration refuses to reconsider its decision to end immigration protections for almost 200,000 Salvadorans who have for years been allowed to establish roots and raise families in American communities.

"This legislation will help those who have been living and working in the United States, under TPS for many years, to have a legal status that would give them a path to legal permanent residency and remove the fear of deportation", Coffman said.

According to the Trump administration, TPS is being ended because a devastating earthquake's impact in 2001 no longer affects our country, but I think this is far from true. This week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced those protections will end in September 2019, and in the meantime, Salvadorans in the U.S. will have to re-register for TPS.

At the same time, Coffman is proposing to eliminate the TPS program for future immigrants.

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The family will move to Honduras with their children and the couple do not intend to return north, she said, though they worry about violence and political instability in central America.

Haitians and Nicaraguans will lose their protected status in 2019 and Hondurans, the second largest group in the program, could lose their rights later this year. Qualified enrollees could apply for permanent legal residency before the end of the three-year period and undergo a background check.

The trip was planned in anticipation of Monday's decision by U.S. President Donald Trump and is part of a Canadian government attempt to prevent an influx of border-crossers.

No fewer than 18,000 asylum seekers illegally crossed the USA border into Canada in 2017 to file refugee claims, nearly 17,000 of whom went to the primarily French-speaking province of Quebec.

The administration previously announced an end to TPS for people from Haiti and Nicaragua.

Members of the House majority hardly ever endorse discharge petitions, much less launch them. "Considering if I do leave, it will be a very hard life", he said.

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