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DHS Terminates Temporary Protection Status for 200,000 Salvadorans

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen issued a press release on Monday announcing the end of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 200,000 Salvadoran citizens living and working in the U.S. effective September 9, 2019. El Salvador was given TPS in 2001 when a series of earthquakes devastated the country destroying infrastructure creating unlivable human conditions for its citizens. In coordination with government agencies, non-government agencies, and the government of El Salvador, Nielsen determined that disaster-related conditions in El Salvador no longer exist as public infrastructure, homes, schools, hospitals, and water and food sources have been rehabilitated and restored.

DHS has given Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries in the U.S. until September 9, 2019 to voluntarily repatriate themselves to El Salvador or otherwise seek an alternative lawful immigration status in the U.S. Salvadorans with TPS are also required to re-register for TPS and apply for Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) in order to legally work in the U.S. until the termination of El Salvador’s TPS designation effective September 9, 2019.

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