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El Salvador TPS Decision Upends Lives Both Here in United States and in El Salvador

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200,000 TPS-holding Salvadorans living in the United States who are now facing deportation due to the Trump Administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) are now being forced to navigate their options regarding where to go now.  The pain and stress is palpable.

Relevant excerpted coverage follows:

Catholic News Service: Families in El Salvador see lives changing with end of TPS in U.S. By Melissa Vida

Laura Martinez still remembers when her then-14-year-old sister, Cecilia Martinez, left for the United States.

“I remember as if it were yesterday,” Laura Martinez told Catholic News Service. “She climbed on a black truck to look for a better future for our family.”

Fast forward 22 years: Cecilia Martinez, with the job security that the Temporary Protection Status provided, funded her siblings’ education and supported her parents in El Salvador.

“She bought my school supplies and paid my tuition,” said her brother, David Martinez. “I couldn’t have pursued my studies without her help.” Today, David Martinez is a software developer. Although his salary is low, he was eligible to receive a loan for a house. His younger sisters are now hoping to enroll in college, but that dream could shatter if Cecilia Martinez is forced to return to El Salvador.…

San Salvador Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chavez, who prayed and lobbied for the extension of TPS for Salvadoran nationals, is critical that U.S. decision-makers did not think of families both in the United States and in El Salvador.

“Family is the base of society, and if we destroy it, there is no future,” he told Catholic News Service. “We are only one human family, and the earth belongs to God and to everyone.”

Cecilia Martinez also provides support to Laura’s small retail business; she helped set it up and ships it clothes.

“It would be really hard if she gets deported,” Laura Martinez said. “She is like a second mother to us, our foundation in every sense.”

Suffolk Times: North Fork Salvadorans face many questions following new directive By Kelly Zegers

There are over 14,700 Salvadorans living on Long Island under TPS, according to a letter the Nassau and Suffolk county executives sent to members of Congress. That’s 14,700 out of a total of 16,200 Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries living in New York State, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

Sister Margaret Smyth of the North Fork Spanish Apostolate said this news garnered a “huge reaction” among Salvadorans over what ending the protection means and if there are paths that can be taken toward legal status.

Mr. Worth said it’s important for people not to panic as they navigate their options.

“They have a year and a half to make a plan — whether it be to pursue another legal status here or, if there are no good options, to plan to depart,” he said.