Joseph G. Cella, Esq. – January 8, 2018

On Monday, January 8, 2018, the Trump Administration announced that it will end Temporary Protected Status ,”TPS”, on September 9, 2019 for Salvadorians, after seventeen years of being allowed to live and work in the United States temporarily, in renewable increments.

Apparently, after undertaking “an extensive outreach campaign”, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen concluded the problems that led to the country’s original designation for the program — which followed a series of earthquakes in 2001 — no longer exist.

This change throws an interesting element into the negotiations on Capitol Hill over a possible solution for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, ‘Dreamers”. Part of those negotiations include a possible trade-off between cutting the Diversity Program, ”Visa Lottery”, and extending TPS protections, as a bipartisan group of senators works on a possible legislative solution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, “DACA” beneficiaries.

Although this administration has announced the end of other TPS designations, like Haiti, the decision concerning Salvadorans affects by far the largest group with 263,000, or 60% of all current TPS beneficiaries.

Presently many Salvadorian TPS beneficiaries may be eligible for other forms of relief such as Withholding of Removal, and Cancellation of Removal, and are strongly encouraged to consult with immigration attorneys to work toward securing lawful permanent resident status in the United States

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