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GOP lawmaker: End TPS, grant residency to 400K TPS immigrants

GOP lawmaker: End TPS, grant residency to 400K TPS immigrants

While his inflammatory rhetoric dominates the news, Trump is upending the lives of 200,000 Salvadoran migrants and refugees. In elementary school, her daughter is already thinking about what it will be like to live in a place like El Salvador with high poverty and high rates of crime.

In fewer than 140 characters, the Trump administration set a date to end the dream of more than 200,000 Salvadoran families.

8 announced plans to end a long-running temporary status program that gives Salvadorans affected by a 2001 quake space to rebuild their lives in the U.S. In an instant, Trump's announcement put the future of some 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants and their families in question.

People transport the coffin of a family member killed during the quake that hit Verapaz, El Salvador, some 70 kms (45 miles) east of San Salvador. Haiti and Nicaragua's TPS will expire without renewal in 2019, and the condition in Honduras is also being examined to see if TPS should be ended for Hondurans, as well. The hue-and-cry that accompanies Trump's decision finally to apply TPS correctly - especially the Post's claim that nothing is gained by doing so - should add to the distrust. I moved here two years ago.

Those in support of ending El Salvador's TPS status argue that the initial event that qualified them for the status is long since over. First, there is the question of whether the USA should ever send people against their will to a country where they will be in mortal danger. "It's a temporary program", acknowledges the aspiring law student. Should we tear apart families of people who have been here for 17 years?

The United States has a special obligation to Salvadoran immigrants because USA policy, including funding a decade-long civil war and promoting free trade policies that harm farmers, contributed to the root causes of migration. The President is using them as pawns in his battle with Congress to build a wall separating the United States and Mexico. There are a lot of people who are desperately anxious about what this moment will mean for them and their families.

While discussing immigration, the president asked why the US was taking people from "s--hole" countries like Haiti and Africa, and not more people from countries like Norway.

The Associated Press and other media outlets reported that, according to people present at the meeting, Trump questioned "why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and '(expletive) countries'" in Africa. Without TPS, he says, his sisters would face the impossible choice of splitting the family to return, or risking living without legal status in the United States.

But still, many, like Honduran immigrant Danilo Aleman, who stripped asbestos for three months, felt a duty to the United States. The security situation in El Salvador has actually worsened in recent years, due in part to an influx of gang networks resulting from mass deportation. Their delegation determined "large-scale protection issues if TPS holders are forced to return to their home countries, particularly El Salvador", he said in the op-ed. The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce estimates 20 percent of the Salvadoran immigrants in Houston are in the construction trades.

"El Salvador is not accepting of the LGBT community".

With TPS, Arthur said, once it's created, "political momentum" often takes over on the matter of TPS extension. "They contribute $1.8 billion to the Texas GDP (Gross Domestic Product)". "Salvadoran TPS recipients have lived in the United States for an average of 21 years and have 192,700 US -born children", said a letter issued January 3 by Cities for Action, which includes signatures from 19 bipartisan mayors of major USA cities including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston and Washington. About a third of those in the Migration Research survey reported recently engaging in civic or volunteer work.

Laborers President Terry O'Sullivan said Trump's eviction "will cause extreme suffering" not just for Salvadoran TPS cardholders, but for their families, including 194,000 US -born children. That's a long time to just put life on hold, so a lot of them haven't. This is not fair to immigrants who obey the law to get here and stay here.

"But many of them don't know that", said Carrion, "Many of them are not even prepared to begin to discuss these facts, simply because they didn't think they would ever have to". She studies history at the CUNY Graduate Center. Subscribe to In These Times magazine, or make a tax-deductible donation to fund this reporting.

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