Sunday, 21 January, 2018

As Salvadorans Lose US Protections, Will Some Seek Asylum in Quebec?

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Melinda Barton | 12 January, 2018, 17:37

Jobs are scarce in El Salvador and remittances sent from Salvadoran immigrants in the USA provide an important boost to the economy.

With President Donald Trump's decision to remove Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador, the Canadian government is clearly anxious about the group heading north and is discouraging illegal immigration, the Washington Post reports.

Rep. Mike CoffmanMichael (Mike) Howard CoffmanHouse Republican: "I worry about both sides" of the aisle on DACA Poll: Voters in vulnerable GOP districts oppose tax bill Giffords targets 8 Republicans on hide and carry in new ads MORE's (R-Colo.) bill would end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program while authorizing permanent legal residency for qualified current enrollees. "They don't want to do it in an irregular way, they want to do it in a legal way.", she added.

Coffman's bill would extend the TPS status for current enrollees for three years.

"The program was never intended to provide a means for long-term residency in the United States", the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a group that supports tighter immigration rules, said in a blog post Monday. Now, Salvadorans will have until September 2019 to obtain legal permanent residency in the United States or leave the country.

"[The US] government is complicit in breaking up families - almost 275,000 US-born children have a parent who is a TPS holder - and further destabilising our neighbouring countries", said Oscar Chacon, executive director of Alianza Americas, an immigrant advocacy group.

Joseph Rodriguez a proud Salvadoran American whose family owns El Salvador II in Indio
Joseph Rodriguez a proud Salvadoran American whose family owns El Salvador II in Indio

El Salvador is the fourth country whose citizens have lost Temporary Protected Status under President Donald Trump.

The country has received millions of dollars in aid for the recovery and rebuilt schools, homes and hospitals, the official said. The Trump administration will end protections that would allow almost 200,000 Salvadorans to stay in the US legally.

TPS holders are our friends, co-workers, family and neighbors.

Two U.S. officials discussed the decision on condition of anonymity with The Associated Press because they were not authorized to speak publicly ahead of the announcement.

"This is a real blow for everyone", she said.

Many Haitians sought asylum in Canada based on expectations that they would easily be granted refugee status, the government said, leading lawmakers to reach out to diaspora communities to dispel such misinformation.