50,000 Salvadorans Living in California Lose Protected Status

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Immigrants and activists protest near the White House to demand that the Department of Homeland Security extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for more than 195,000 Salvadorans on January 8, 2018 in Washington, DC. The US government announced Monday the end of a special protected status for about 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants, a move that threatens with deportation tens of thousands of well-established families with children born in the United States. (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trump Administration is ending temporary protected status (TPS) for about 200,000 Salvadorans who have been allowed to work and live in the United States since 2001. Many of those immigrants fled to escape violence during the 1980s and 90s, and were granted TPS in 2001 after a pair of devastating earthquakes struck El Salvador. The protected status will end in September of next year. Forum discusses the impact on the Salvadoran community in the Bay Area.

Ramon Cardona,
director, Centro Latino Cuzcatlan
Cindy Carcamo, immigration reporter, LA Times
Vanessa Velasco, Salvadoran immigrant living under TPS