Trump Administration Ends El Salvador's Temporary Protected Status

Marcos Guerrero owner of "Anotojitos Selenes" has been living in the United States for over 20 years.

"I've been in this business for over four years and a half.," said Guerrero.

Since 2001 Guerrero has been among the more than 200 thousand individuals who benefit from a "temporary protected status" or TPS due to a number of earthquakes that devastated parts of El Salvador.

"I have friends, workers, family members who benefit from this, I just visited El Salvador and I witnessed the poverty people are facing over there."

But now after more than 15 years the program that has allowed for many like Guerrero to work in the US legally, shielding them from deportation is coming to an end.

On Monday President Trumps administration announced the termination of "T-P-S" for Salvadorians.

Giving those who benefit until September 9th, 2019 to leave the US or change their residency status.

"Every time that the current administration makes one of these changes it causes more fear in the community."

Camille Cook a central valley immigration attorney assures those who benefit from T-P-S that the revocation of the program does not mean they should feel defeated.

"The fact that your permit expires on September 9th, 2019 doesn't mean you have to leave by that date because you still have the right to defend your case in immigration court," said Cook.

That is why prior to the termination of the program Guerrero decided to take the necessary steps to resolve his residency status.

"I have a 21-year-old son who is a citizen of the United States, and through him, I have applied for residency, because I knew that these laws are changing every day and anything is possible," said Guerrero.


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