As was reported Sunday, the Trump administration was weighing the decision to extend temporary protection to 260,000 Salvadorans currently living in the United States, a protection that has been renewed 11 times since 2001.
The Washington Post reports that the administration has reached a decision and is expected to announce Monday that it will cancel the temporary protection granting provisional residency permits, leaving more than 200,000 people facing possible deportation to El Salvador.
The administration will notify the Salvadorans they have until Sept. 9, 2019 to leave the United States or find a new way to obtain legal residency, according to a copy of the announcement prepared by the Department of Homeland Security that will be published Monday morning.
The Salvadorans were granted what is known as Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, after a series of earthquakes devastated the country in 2001.
The decision falls in line with the Trump administration's hard stance on immigration in general, a position that led to ending temporary protection in November for Haitians and Nicaraguans.
“The fix has been in for these TPS decisions, regardless of the facts on the ground in these countries,” [Kevin Appleby of the New York-based Center for Migration Studies] said. “The decision on El Salvador is particularly damaging,” he said. “It not only will uproot families and children who have lived here for years, it also will further destabilize an already violent country. It is incredibly short-sighted and undermines our interest in a stable Central America.”