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ICYMI: CNN, “Torn from their families in the US, Salvadoran deportees return to a gang-ravaged homeland”

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Enormous Hardships for Salvadoran Families Facing Deportation Following Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Revoked by Trump Administration

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In a feature on the lives of Salvadoran immigrants, CNN reporters Nick Paton Walsh, Barbara Arvanitidis, Julia Gavarrete and Christian Streib expose the treacherous details of life back in El Salvador. Despite the country’s dangerous conditions, the Trump administration terminated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for tens of thousands of Salvadoran immigrants earlier this year. The article is available here.

An excerpt from the CNN article is below:

This is what it is like to be a deportee in El Salvador: Dragged away from their lives in the US, in some cases told little about what is happening to them, having their appeals against deportation denied, leaving their children behind.

Earlier this year, US President Donald Trump ended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadoran migrants, meaning 200,000 people from the country must leave the US by September 2019. Previously, TPS had allowed Salvadorans and immigrants from other specified disaster-stricken countries to have their resident permits renewed every 18 months.

But in January the Department of Homeland Security announced this would cease, partly as disaster conditions in El Salvador have improved enough to permit a return.


He [Laura] was in tears as he discussed the daughters he left behind in the US. They include Jennifer, age 12, and Angela, 3. “She’s my little baby,” he said, adding that he did not know when he would see his family again.

Lara faces a difficult choice. Either bring his young family away from the comforts of Florida to a country where someone is murdered every two hours, according to police, or raise the steep sum needed to pay smugglers to ferry him illegally back to the US.