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U.S. immigration law ends temporary protected status for many

The United States has often been seen as a place of refuge for many individuals. Some people may have come to California or other areas in the country due to issues they hoped to escape in their countries of origin. While this action may have helped them for some time, changes to U.S. immigration law may have many people feeling a loss of protection.

In particular, approximately 200,000 Salvadoran people living in the U.S. are likely feeling this loss. It was recently reported that most of these individuals had come to the country and received temporary protected status after earthquakes in 2001. Now, the current administration has terminated that protected status, and individuals living in the country based on their TPS will have to leave by Sept. 9, 2019 or attempt to have their statuses adjusted.

The TPS status offers temporary a haven to residents of certain countries when unsafe conditions exist in their own countries, not as a form of permanent residency. Now, if people living in the United States under TPS do not leave the country by the termination date, they could face deportation proceedings. People from El Salvador are not the only ones affected by these orders as individuals from Haiti, Nicaragua and Honduras are also losing temporary protection status.

The idea of losing protections and possibly facing deportation can cause fear in many people. If individuals living in California feel uncertain as to how they should handle this type of predicament, they may wish to seek legal assistance, including exploring the possibility of adjusting their legal statuses. Enlisting the help of attorneys experienced in U.S. immigration law could prove useful to interested parties.

Source: CNBC, "US ends protected status for 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants", Jan. 8, 2018

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