Print Edition - 2018-01-11 | Oped
Change the law
- Don’t deport the Salvadorans
Jan 11, 2018-The Trump administration’s decision to end the Temporary Protected Status for nearly 200,000 people from El Salvador who have been allowed to live in the United States for more than a decade comes as no surprise. The T.P.S. program was approved in 1990 to allow undocumented foreigners who were in the United States when disaster struck their homeland to remain until it was safe to return. The Salvadorans were granted protected status after a pair of devastating earthquakes in their land in 2001, and their status was extended several times by the George W. Bush and Obama administrations. Technically, the Department of Homeland Security is right that the conditions created by those quakes no longer exist. However, though El Salvador has rebuilt since the 2001 earthquakes, it remains ravaged by gang violence, drought and poverty, and its governments have regularly appealed to Washington not to aggravate the problems by repatriating thousands of people and halting the money they send back. The government has given the Salvadorans 18 months to prepare. That is plenty of time for Congress to “craft a potential legislative solution” that would make it possible for people who have lived in the US for many years under T.P.S. to find another legal way to stay in the country.
Published: 11-01-2018 07:47