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Salvadorans Are Eligible for Extended Protection Under Trump

Matias Romero, Oaxaca/Mexico - Nov. 10, 2018: A Salvadoran family fleeing poverty and gang violence in the third caravan to the U.S. boards a truck to take them to their next stop in Veracruz. - Image

Earlier this week, administration officials granted thousands of Salvadorans Temporary Protected Status (TPS) extensions. With TPS, recipients are safe from deportation and have the right to work in the U.S.

The New York Times estimates around 200,000 Salvadorans currently live in the U.S. as TPS recipients, with a majority residing in Los Angeles.

President Nayib Bukele praised the move in a Twitter post, saying that he knew “that our allies would not abandon us.”

The Los Angeles Times, however, notes inconsistencies that put the U.S. in an awkward position when it comes to immigration. Our government has extended the TPS program for Salvadorans seeking refuge on U.S. soil, but they are also acknowledging El Salvador as a safe asylum for refugees.

The U.S. asylum agreement with El Salvador has not taken effect yet as it is still being heavily negotiated between the Department of Homeland Security and Latin America’s Northern Triangle countries.

Vivian Wang

Vivian is a travel enthusiast and food connoisseur living in New York City. Her curiosity and passion for languages and culture has taken her across eight countries over the past year. When not working, you can find her meandering in art museums or sampling food at the street markets.

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