Hundreds of thousands of people living and working legally in the United States — most of them from El Salvador, Haiti and Honduras — may be forced to return home under a Trump administration that is considering ending their protection here.
The Department of Homeland Security is considering whether to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to designees whose home countries are recovering from natural disasters or civil wars.
“These are folks that have been in this country for years. Some have been here for almost two decades,” said Armando Carmona, a spokesperson for the National TPS Alliance, which is leading a campaign to maintain the protection. “They work here, they’ve built families here, they have U.S. citizen children.”