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The Trump administration ends Temporary Protected Status for more than 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants; Robert Mueller seeks an interview with Trump as part of the Russia investigation.
More than 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants will soon be vulnerable to deportation
- The Trump administration revoked the temporary legal status of more than 260,000 Salvadoran immigrants today, leaving the formerly protected community vulnerable to deportation. [Vox / Dara Lind]
- Temporary Protected Status is a designation the US government gives to immigrants who come here after war or a natural disaster. The Salvadorans in question came to the US after a 2001 earthquake; many have been living here for more than a decade. The Trump administration also recently did away with the same protected status for Haitians who fled the 2010 earthquake in their country. [NYT / Miriam Jordan]
- The Salvadoran community is the largest group in the United States that had this protected status; government officials in their home country of El Salvador say things are not stable enough for so many people to return at once. The country’s economy is struggling, and homicide rates are high. [Guardian / Amanda Holpuch]
- The decision will have wide-ranging consequences. Many Salvadorans have been living in the US for nearly 20 years and have made lives here, owning businesses and homes. Potential deportation will impact the local economies in the areas where they live — some serve as the primary breadwinners for their families back home in Central America. [Washington Post / Maria Sacchetti]
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