The Trump administration’s ending of temporary legal status for Salvadorans and Haitians means that employers who depend on them will have to look harder for help.
The administration decided that Salvadorans no longer qualified for temporary protection for deportation that had been granted after two devastating earthquakes in 2001.
Jose Salinas has Temporary Protected Status, which is granted to immigrants who came to the United States from countries crippled by natural disasters or war. The Trump administration may end the program this month.
Juan Rodriguez entered the U.S. illegally from El Salvador over a decade ago. Now, after years of checking in with immigration officers, he is told he will be deported as his daughter prepares to graduate from high school.
President Trump’s chief of staff tried to persuade the acting homeland security secretary to end a program that shields about 300,000 immigrants from deportation.
The Trump administration said thousands of immigrants from Nicaragua would have to leave the country by Jan. 5, 2019, but extended protections for Hondurans, for now.