WASHINGTON, D.C. ― Latino Victory Project Monday slammed the Trump Administration’s decision to end temporary protected status (TPS) for nearly 200,000 Salvadorans. El Salvador was designated for TPS after three earthquakes devastated the country in 2001, killing over 1000 people and injuring thousands more. Today, El Salvador remains in crisis, with one of the highest homicide rates in the world.
“This dangerous decision showcases the dearth of humanity at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. President Trump is forcing hundreds of thousands of hard-working taxpayers to choose between risking their lives in El Salvador and becoming undocumented,” Cristóbal J. Alex, president of Latino Victory said. “This is beyond the pale. The Administration can no longer deny its intention to reverse America’s demographic trends at the expense of innocent families and our economy.”
Under President Trump, 300,000 Central Americans, many of whom have lived in the United States for decades, have lost temporary protected status. Ending TPS will cost the U.S. economy an estimated $164 billion in Gross Domestic Product. The decision will also have serious repercussions for national and regional security, as the return of thousands of immigrants could overwhelm already fragile governments in the Northern Triangle.