On Monday, President Trump ended to protected status of 200,000 immigrants from El Salvador, who fled to the United States due to Earthquake that wrecked havoc in El Salvador during January 2001.
This increases the likelihood that the group will face removal and be forced to return to their homelands. The United States Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen allotted Salvadorans who had obtained the status about two years, until Sept. 9, 2019, to leave the country or they will be faced with deportation. El Salvador is now the fourth nation to lose such a status during the Donald Trump administration.
The previous administration under President Obama extended the protected stay of El Salvadoran immigrants for 18 months in September of 2016. President Obama justifies this decision by claiming that the country was still enduring the damage inflicted by the earthquake 15 years later.
Some see this as cruel, pointing to the fact that El Salvador is a violent and unstable nation. Others counter that since the protection was granted due to the earthquake, the disaster’s end should see the immigrants’ return. Many El Salvadorans have set roots within this country, and the possible deportation could mean tough decisions for many people. However, the nature of this protected status was never hidden.