Immigration Decision Creates a Stir for Salvadorans

Phil DavisContact Reporterpdavis@capgaznews.com

For Roxana Rodriguez, the decision to end temporary deportation protections for about 200,000 Salvadorans living in the United States could have a profound impact on her family.

Rodriguez, a U.S. citizen who spent her childhood in El Salvador, said two of her cousins are living in the country legally under the Temporary Protected Status granted to El Salvador in 2001 and extended for more than 15 years.

The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday it would end the designation Sept. 9, 2019. The status was first awarded in 2001 after an earthquake crumbled the country’s infrastructure, something Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen said “has been addressed” as the country “has been repatriating individuals back to El Salvador — more than 39,000 in the last two years.”

However, the country has been seized by gang violence, according to those who have fled it over the years, and still isn’t stable enough to accept the potential influx of people moving back to the country.

“Both have kids (who) are in university, so how are they going to continue to go?” she said.

They’re two of about 20,000 people from El Salvador with the protection from deportation who live in Maryland, according to the New York-based Center for Migration Studies.”

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