Adios Or Hasta Luego?
WHAT: Yesterday, the Trump administration announced that ~200,000 Salvadorans living in the United States with TPS (Temporary Protected Status) will need to leave by September of 2019 or face deportation. The Salvadorans are one of many groups sanctioned with TPS that have been asked to leave - Haitians and Nicaraguans have already faced the same deportation notice.
WHY: The Trump Administration wants to reinstate a firm approach regarding the “temporary” portion of the “temporary protected status” that allows around 1 million foreigners to live and work in the United States. TPS has been afforded to them due to treacherous conditions in their home country.
Huffington Post: Trump Administration Tells 200,000 Salvadorans To Leave Or Get Deported
Center For American Progress: TPS Holders Are Integral Members of the U.S. Economy and Society
The right argues that Salvadorans have 18 months to get affairs in order, more than enough time to either apply for another immigration status that will allow them to work legally in the U.S., or to transition back to El Salvador. The majority of Salvadoran immigrants in the U.S. are here illegally, and came through TPS offered in 2001, now 17 years ago. The Department of Homeland Security stated that El Salvador’s economy has improved and the country has fully recovered from the earthquakes that justified TPS.ment.
The left argues that deporting Salvadorans puts them in danger. El Salvador is one of the most violent countries in the world, with 81.2 murders per 100,000 citizens. Advocates are especially concerned with U.S. citizen children of Salvadorans who would potentially face intense backlash when returning to El Salvador, both mentally and physically. In addition, Salvadorans with TPS have been in the U.S. for an average of 21 years and many have stable jobs and own property.
Is it fair to send them back?
It is reasonable for the U.S. to rescind TPS for Salvadorans since their country has recovered from the earthquakes that justified TPS. However, violent crime and gang violence are still major concerns in El Salvador. The U.S. will be forcing adults and children alike into a country with one of the highest homicide rates in the world. The deportation could also have repercussions on the local economy of states such as California where immigrant integration is high.
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