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US ends protected status for 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants

AFP  |  Washington 

The US announced today the end of protected status for about 200,000 in the country since before 2001, a move that threatens tens of thousands of well-established families with children born in the

announced the end of the 17-year-old "temporary protected status" (TPS) for the Salvadorans, which had shielded them from deportation ever since two major earthquakes rocked El Salvador in early 2001.

They were given 18 months to leave or be deported, enough time that a could be crafted by to allow them to stay.

"Only can legislate a permanent solution addressing the lack of an enduring lawful immigration status of those currently protected by TPS who have lived and worked in the for many years," said the DHS.

The move came in the wake of the termination of similar TPS protections for 59,000 longtime resident Haitians and 5,300 Nicaraguans late last year, after having been allowed to set deep roots inside the for decades.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 22:40 IST