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

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that TPS for Salvadorans will end on Sept. 9, 2019, stating that conditions that led to the original designation are no longer applicable.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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Joe Biden Promises To Fight For Dreamers If Elected In November

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Joe Biden Promises To Fight For Dreamers If Elected In November

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An overwhelming majority of Americans support protecting Dreamers. Hundreds of thousands of young adults rely on the protection from deportation and work authorization to live with dignity and out of the shadows. Presidential nominee Joe Biden wants to make sure they stay protected.

Dreamers are looking to a Biden administration to finish what an Obama administration started.

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According to the official Biden campaign website, the presidential nominee will work with Congress to reinstate DACA protections and to create a pathway to citizenship. DACA was won by undocumented activists putting fear aside and publicly fought to change the minds of Americans and politicans.

“Undocumented ‘youth’ are no longer youth,” says Moises Serrano, DACA activist and the man profiled in the documentary “Forbidden.” “DACA recipients and undocumented immigrants have been living in fear and instability for decades now. We survived eight years under the Obama administration and four years under the Trump administration. Immigration reform was promised under the Obama-Biden platform; a promise that is still unfulfilled.”

He added: “We hope that President Biden puts an end to the instability in our lives once and for all, or we are ready to hold him accountable in the same way we held Obama accountable in our fight for Administrative Relief.”

Biden’s policy proposes protecting Dreamers and helping them advance in this country.

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Biden promises to reinstate DACA to protect Dreamers and will be looking into ways to protect their families. The policy put forth by a potential Biden administration is pivotal in giving those who are DACA recipients a chance to live without fear and with all of the rights as their fellow citizens.

“After living through a deep loss in 2016 after losing my second mother and only being granted access to be on her deathbed in Mexico through my ability to get advanced parole through DACA I learned that no loss would ever be greater than that,” said Cindy Nava, a DACA recipient, political operative and policy advocate. “However, November rolled around and another loss took place. One that impacted my life, that of my family and my community.”

DACA is a very important issue as hundreds of thousands of Dreamers are on the line.

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People like Nava are hopeful that a Biden administration will bring that dignity back to the immigrant community. It is a community that is vibrant and has contributed vastly to American culture. A BIden administration would be a chance for Nava to see herself reflected in government.

“I am hopeful to see the daughter of immigrants, a woman of color, and a woman I can finally feel represented by be sworn in as the first woman VP of this country,” Nava says. “I will look forward to an administration that listens to the communities it intends to represent. An administration that empowers the entire country to work with each other to support, strengthen, respect and uplift each other each and every day. An administration that values and is grateful for the contributions that immigrants bring to the foundation of our country each and every day.”

Nava wants to see an immigration reform that puts immigrant humanity at the forefront. One that understands the needs for people to seek refuge and a better life in a foreign country.

“No immigrant seeks to find a fix on a silver platter. Nor do they believe that this will be an easy task,” Nava says. “The only thing our families ask for is a chance. Una oportunidad para recordarle a este pais that their lucha and determination comes from a deep sense of ganas to create a life filled with more opportunities than they ever had.”

The battle over DACA is far from over but it is clear that the Trump administration is on the wrong side of public opinion. Biden’s plan would strengthen DACA and restore the program to its full functionality.

READ: Trump Administration Limit DACA Renewals, Blocks New Applications

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President Trump Falsely Claimed That Covid Is To Blame For Ending DACA

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President Trump Falsely Claimed That Covid Is To Blame For Ending DACA

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In 2017, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions held a press conference terminating Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on behalf of the Trump administration. Since then hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients have lived in uncertainty. President Donald Trump tried to rewrite history at his town hall event Oct. 15.

President Donald Trump blamed the end of DACA on Covid during his town hall.

The truth is that President Trump’s administration attempted to end DACA in 2017. Former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions was the attorney general at the time and made the announcement in a press conference. Since then, the Trump administration has continued to advance a lawsuit to terminate the program. DACA allows for hundreds of thousands of adults to work and live in the U.S. without fear of deportation.

Long before Covid, the Trump administration was told to resume DACA as intended.

Instead, the Trump administration has violated federal orders and continued to restrict DACA and those who can apply. The Supreme Court refused to hear arguments against DACA meaning that the lower court’s ruling stood. The ruling was that the Trump administration had to reinstate the program in full. However, the Supreme Court did not dismiss the case allowing for the administration to come back.

President Trump also claimed that DACA recipients and Dreamers are not that same.

Another falsehood by the president at the town hall. DACA recipients are indeed Dreamers. The term Dreamers does apply to DACA recipients who would benefit from the DREAM Act. The legislation would legally enshrine the protections of DACA and was introduced by Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois in 2001. Over the course of 19 years, the piece of legislation has not moved despite the overwhelming support from the American public.

People watching the town hall were quick to call out President Trump.

People are not letting President Trump get away with trying to rewrite history about DACA. His administration is the one trying to strip DACA recipients of their protections. At one point, President Trump tried using DACA recipients as political pawns in an attempt to secure funding for his border wall.

Voters are calling on other voters to help protect the program in November.

The two nominees have very different DACA plans. President Trump has and will continue to try to take away the protections from DACA recipients. Former Vice President Joe Biden has a plan to offer citizenship to DACA recipients, something American voters support. DACA is a wildly popular program that gives some of the most vulnerable people in our society a chance to live a normal life.

READ: The Trump Administration Has Officially Rescinded DACA. Here’s What You Need To Know.

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