Approximately 195,000 El Salvadoran Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries will know on January 8, 2018 whether their status will be extended by the Trump Administration or whether they will leave the U.S. TPS allows certain nationals of countries suffering from natural disasters or extreme violence to live and work in the U.S. for a given period of time. Salvadorans have been TPS beneficiaries since 2001 when El Salvador was struck by two earthquakes that caused massive numbers of deaths and leaving its economy in shambles. TPS for Salvadorans was last extended in July 8, 2016 with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) citing “substantial, but temporary, disruption in living conditions resulting from a series of earthquakes in 2001.”
The Trump Administration, however, is committed to its hardline stance on immigration policies including the TPS. The Trump Administration has ended TPS programs for Nicaraguan, Haitian, and Sudanese beneficiaries in the past few months. Supporters of these TPS beneficiaries have criticized the Trump Administration for these acts, stating that families will be ripped apart since most children of TPS beneficiaries are U.S. citizens and that home countries of these individuals are unable to provide for their welfare due to their sheer numbers.