Monday, November 6, 2017
In a matter of months, the Trump Administration could turn hundreds of thousands of Central Americans into undocumented immigrants, no longer allowed to live and work here legally. The Department of Homeland Security could either end — or extend — a quasi-legal status known as Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, that 263,280 other Salvadorans already in the United States were granted in 2001. Earthquakes that devastated El Salvador in 2001 were the rationale for the U.S. to initially provide such status to Salvadorans who were already here, many who entered unlawfully. They had to pass background checks and other vetting to receive TPS status, and they must repeat that vetting every 18 months, and pay for a fee.