In early January United States Federal authorities announced that they were revoking Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nearly 200,000 Salvadoran natives who currently live, work, and raise their families in the U.S. The status was originally granted by the George W. Bush administration after two devastating earthquakes hit El Salvador in early 2001 and has been extended repeatedly by both the Bush and Obama administrations. While much of the infrastructure that was damaged by the earthquakes has been rebuilt and repaired, for many the country remains a very dangerous and inhospitable place in which to live.
In the years since receiving TPS Salvadorans in our country have worked hard to be productive residents. According to analysis by the Center for Migration Studies, 88 percent of Salvadoran beneficiaries of TPS participate in the labor force. They are parents to 192,700 American-born children who now face separation either from the parents they love or from the only friends, culture, and country they have ever known. And they send several billion dollars annually to family members still in El Salvador. Ending this support will significantly increase the suffering of those who depend on it to supplement their meager living.