Trump administration’s decision to end Salvadoran TPS takes aim at 192,000 children

TPS El Salvador

Today, the Trump administration chose not to continue Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nearly 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants. Many people with TPS from El Salvador have been in the United States for nearly 20 years.

In early 2001, El Salvador was struck by a series of severe earthquakes. An estimated 195,000 Salvadorans now live in the United States, many of whom fled for their lives during that period of deadly natural disasters.

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Trump’s decision to let Salvadoran TPS lapse means that the economy will take a hit from losing nearly 200,000 people who work hard every day in communities across the country. It makes it that much harder for thousands of families to provide for their children.

And Trump’s decision to end Salvadoran TPS means that 192,000 U.S.-citizen children now have to face the reality that their parents might be forced to leave them.


The Salvadoran community is the latest to be hit by Trump’s focus on criminalizing immigrants. In early November, his administration made the decision to end TPS for 2,500 Nicaraguans, who have resided in the United States for at least 20 years.

TPS El Salvador

Shortly before Thanksgiving, they chose to end TPS for 50,000 Haitians who had fled to the United States after the deadly 2010 earthquake in the country.

Because of the Trump administration’s cruel and unnecessary decision to slash away at TPS, there are thousands of American families that are having their livelihoods and stability threatened.


The chorus of opposition from elected officials, business leaders, religious, civil rights, and community leaders was not enough to deter the Trump administration from this decision. But it is now Congress’s turn to take action.

We urge Congress to take up a legislative solution without delay to assist the hundreds of thousands of people with TPS whose lives—and those of their families—that have been upended by the Trump administration’s cruel decision.


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