One-Fifth of El Salvador’s Population Lives in the US, Trump Says They Must Go Home

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There are currently an estimated 1.1 million El Salvadoran migrants living in the US, which represents 19% of the country’s population, which was reported to have 5.7 million individuals in 2007. The migrants are part of the ‘Temporary Protected Status’ program that was established after an earthquake in 2001. The Trump administration told 200,000 Salvadorans to pack their bags and return home.

There currently are at least 1.1 million Salvadoran immigrants in the United States.

The number represents about one-fifth (19.1 percent) of the total population of El Salvador (5.7 million in 2007 according to the Salvadoran Department of Statistics and Censuses).

On Monday the Trump administration told 200,000 Salvadorans to pack their bags and head back home.

The New York Times reported:

Nearly 200,000 people from El Salvador who have been allowed to live in the United States for more than a decade must leave the country, government officials announced Monday. It is the Trump administration’s latest reversal of years of immigration policies and one of the most consequential to date.

Homeland security officials said that they were ending a humanitarian program, known as Temporary Protected Status, for Salvadorans who have been allowed to live and work legally in the United States since a pair of devastating earthquakes struck their country in 2001.

Salvadorans were by far the largest group of foreigners benefiting from temporary protected status, which shielded them from deportation if they had arrived in the United States illegally. The decision came just weeks after more than 45,000 Haitians, the second largest group, lost protections granted after Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, and it suggested that others in the program, namely Hondurans, may soon lose them as well. Nicaraguans lost their protections last year.

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