End of The Line


Source: Dominicano American

Steven Escobar, Staff

Come September 2019, 200,000 El Salvadorians will have to return to their native country from the United States, but why? For many, Temporary Protected Status, also known as TPS, protected them from deteriorating conditions in their home countries. But now, the Trump administration is ending that protection for them, people that have been here for almost 2 decades. According to the Department of Homeland Security, TPS is meant for people who have left their own countries for humanitarian relief. People who are under TPS status receive benefits such as Work Authorization Permits and Social Security Cards. However, their status has to be renewed by the Department of Homeland Security, every 18 months, with recipients having to pay approximately $560 to have their status renewed. Recipients also have to be fingerprinted and have a current address on file with DHS.

Salvadorians who have lived under this status have stayed here since 2001, when the designation was created for El Salvador, where at the time, suffered a massive earthquake that killed many and left communities devastated. Their status was renewed throughout both the Bush and Obama administrations, citing the prevalence of gang warfare and drug trafficking as major factors into their decisions. But now, the Trump administration has ended that, citing “Conditions that were present during designation are no longer existent.”

Where does that leave people under that designation? For many, they will have to leave the country in September 2019, while others will risk staying illegally with the chance of being deported back to a now dangerous homeland.

It is not only Salvadorians that will have to return; Nicaraguans will also have to return back to their home country following the end of their TPS designation back in December. Other countries such as Honduras, Syria, and Nepal have their fate in the hands of this administration.

Whatever happens to these individuals, know that there will always be a need for this humanitarian help, and whether or not the United States should help these countries will be in the hands of the Trump Administration.