Salvadorans will have until September 9, 2019, to leave the United States or adjust their legal status.
This fall, her department ended temporary protected designations for thousands of immigrants, including more than 50,000 from Haiti and thousands more from Nicaragua and Sudan, which critics say needlessly uproots contributing immigrants to send them back to unstable countries. In November, then-Acting Sec.
The widely expected move culminates a series of similar decisions from the Trump administration to substantially curtail the use of Temporary Protected Status - a protection from deportation and authorization to live and work legally for nationals of countries that have suffered a disaster such as war, an epidemic or natural disasters.
The Department of Homeland Security is set to make a formal announcement on the decision later Monday.
Temporary Protected Status is a special immigration status for people from a foreign country where the US determines that conditions in that home country prevent those people from returning safely or where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately.
Almost 200,000 Salvadorans will be forced to leave the US.
"The statutory conditions supporting El Salvador's TPS designation on the basis of an environmental disaster, specifically the devastation caused by major earthquakes in 2001, no longer exist", the official said.
This is a developing story. If Nielsen opts to end the Salvadorans' protections, it likely would give them 12 to 18 months to apply for some other visa to stay in the United States or prepare to leave. Losing them could cost the USA about $280 million in contributions to gross domestic product, according to an analysis by the Immigrant Resource Center, which promotes immigrant rights. The decision was criticized by Republican and Democratic lawmakers from Florida.
"The end of TPS for El Salvador is a devastating betrayal for thousands of families who arrived at the United States seeking safety as well as their USA citizen children".
"They have resettled, established their families and lives here in the United States".
Oscar Chacón, executive director of Alianza Americas, a network of Latin American and Caribbean immigrant groups in the United States, said the decision puts the Salvadorans in danger.