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Trump Ends Temporary Protected Status For Salvadorans. Here’s What That Means

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The Trump administration recently announced its plan to terminate the Temporary Protected Status of approximately 200,000 Salvadorans currently living in the United States, all but guaranteeing that many will face deportation.

CREDIT: Protesters at an Oakland rally to defend TPS for Salvadorans and many others at risk. Photo credit: Peg Hunter / Flickr

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is granted by the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to eligible foreign-born individuals who cannot return to their birth country safely because of conditions or circumstances that can cause them harm. TPS was granted to Salvadorans after earthquakes ravaged El Salvador in 2001, and their permits have been renewed on an 18-month basis since that time.

DHS said that TPS for Salvadorans will end on Sept. 9, 2019, stating that conditions that led to the original designation are no longer applicable.

“Based on careful consideration of available information, including recommendations received as part of an inter-agency consultation process, the secretary determined that the original conditions caused by the 2001 earthquakes no longer exist,” the DHS statement read.

This move reinforces the Trump administration’s hard-line stance on foreigners living in the country. It has already ended the TPS designation for Nicaraguans, Haitians, and Sudanese, while offering short-term extensions for Hondurans and South Sudanese.

Adding insult to injury, Trump referred to El Salvador, Haiti, and African nations as “shithole countries” in a meeting with lawmakers last Thursday.

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The comment sparked global outrage and has caused a case of he said-he said between the two political parties. Sen. Dick Durban (D-Ill.), who attended the meeting, confirmed that Trump used that language, while Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue said they “do not recall” the president saying those specific comments.

Trump denies using the term “shithole” and told reporters over the weekend that he is the “least racist person you have ever interviewed.” The most recent reports add a perplexing, but nonetheless troubling, twist: Cotton and Perdue, according to three White House sources, believe Trump said “shithouse” rather than “shithole.”

Regardless of the exact syntax, hundreds of thousands of lives now hang in the balance. According to DHS officials, 262,500 Salvadorans have received TPS permits. These individuals will have nearly two years to either leave the United States on their own or apply for a green card. However, the convoluted and backlogged U.S. immigration system will likely make the latter all but impossible.

Democrats, immigration advocates, and Salvadoran government officials have condemned this decision, calling on DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to extend the designation due to El Salvador’s growing gang violence.

The Economist reports that El Salvador was ranked as the world′s most violent country, and its capital, San Salvador, the city with the most murders in both 2015 and 2016.

What’s more, El Salvador is struggling to provide economic opportunities for its citizens who currently live there. An influx of new residents could prove problematic. Jeannette Aguilar, who operates a public polling center at Central American University in San Salvador, tells the LA Times that mass U.S. deportations would negatively affect the country’s economy and further compromise security.

“Without a doubt this will be a crisis of grand dimensions,” Aguilar said.

In the U.S., many Salvadorans are worried about losing everything they’ve established – families, businesses, careers, and communities. In a statement, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California called the decision “senseless.”

“Our communities will be dealt a serious blow when families are broken apart, when parents and children are separated, and when we see the near simultaneous layoffs of 200,000 Salvadoran TPS recipients currently employed, costing employers nearly $1 billion in immediate turnover costs,” said David Huerta, president of SEIU United Service Workers West (USWW). “We are losing invaluable workers thoroughly vetted by the government, we are losing mothers and fathers who are working to provide the best for their families, and neighbors who have invested in their communities.”


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The U.S. Is Getting Closer To A Government Shutdown As Democrats Demand Action On DACA

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The U.S. Is Getting Closer To A Government Shutdown As Democrats Demand Action On DACA

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All eyes are on the Senate as the government inches closer and closer to shutting down. The House voted Thursday night in favor of a short-term budget to keep the government funded till Feb. 16 but if the Senate does not pass certain bills, the government will begin a shutdown.

The potential shutdown is hanging on two issues – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. On Sept. 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced the end of DACA, which has since been blocked by a federal judge in California. According to reports, at least a dozen Democratic Senators need to vote with Republicans in order to pass a measure, but it looks unlikely. While Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, has tried calling this the “Schumer Shutdown,” Twitter is not buying it. Rather, they’re putting all the blame for the shutdown on the president using his past comments as inspiration and using #TrumpShutdown.

The U.S. government is getting dangerously close to a shutdown and Americans are blaming President Trump and the Republican Party.

Senate Democrats, led by Sen. Chuck Schumer, have been unapologetic in demanding legislative protections for DACA recipients, and now, the preservation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program. According to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 8,900,074 children are enrolled in the healthcare program.

The Republican Party currently controls the Senate, the House, and the White House and people are calling them out.

The last time the government shutdown was in 2013 as Republicans tried to defund the Affordable Care Act, also referred to as Obamacare. Now, because of the Republican Party’s refusal to make a decision on The Dream Act, the U.S. government faces another shutdown.

They’ve even used previous interviews of the president as he discussed government shutdowns during the Obama administration.

Trump was open about blaming the president for a government shutdown, claiming that Obama had a responsibility to bring people together. According to CNN, Sen. Schumer visited with Trump to make a deal to avoid the shutdown but nothing came of the meeting.

Senate Democrats are tweeting that they are open to negotiating a bipartisan deal to keep the government funded.

If a deal isn’t reached by 12:01 a.m. Saturday then the government will shut down.


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