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TPS termination for 200,000 Salvadoran nationals builds on Trump Administration's extremist anti-immigrant tendencies

January 8, 2018

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Yamila Pino

 

The Salvadoran tepesianos have until September 2019 to voluntarily leave the country or face possible detention and deportation

 

WASHINGTONProspero Latino released the following statement following the Department of Homeland Security’s announcement that TPS for nearly 200,000 Salvadoran nationals will end. Last year, DHS also ruled to eliminate TPS for Haitian, Honduran, and Nicaraguan nationals.

 

“Today the Trump administration cancelled Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 200,000 Salvadoran nationals who had been working lawfully and productively in the United States. They are the parents of 192,000 American-born children who will now have to decide between following their parents to a country with one of the highest murder rates in the world or being permanently separated from their parents.

 

Today’s assault on Salvadorans and tepesianos (TPS beneficiaries) is the latest example of the extreme right’s vice-like grip on the levers of power in this country. An extreme right that is not just nationalistic in fervor, but anti-immigrant, anti-inclusive, and most worrisome of all: anti-American.

 

President Trump— far from being a champion for Salvadorans, Haitians, Hondurans, Nicaraguans, and all communities of color— has continued an assault on diversity. As he continues his quest to divide this great country into two camps, us and them, we will continue to remind him and his administration that America is and always will be an indivisible nation with liberty and justice for all.”

 

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