The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will not renew immigration protections for some 200,000 Salvadoran nationals in the United States, the administration announced Monday, bringing to an end more than 17 years of protected status.
Senior administration officials said that Salvadorans resident in the United States under previously extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will have until September 9, 2019 to seek alternative status or make plans to return to El Salvador.
TPS, established by the Immigration Act of 1990, is meant to protect foreign nationals located in the United States whose home countries have become substantively unsafe during the time of their residency. Threats which qualify an immigrant for TPS include ongoing armed conflict, an environmental disaster, or some other extraordinary condition.
TPS grants protection from deportation, as well as work authorization. It does not, however, allow for a path to permanent residence or citizenship.
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