Central Nebraska Salvadorans react to government decision to end special protection
The Trump Administration's decision to end special protection for about 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants has a lot of the Salvadorian community in Central Nebraska worried.
Rafael Molina Sanchez from Hastings said while he’s personally not impacted by this decision, he knows of several who are. This decision will end the protection that covers Salvadorans who fled devastating earthquakes in 2001.
Molina–Sanchez who runs a family owned dealership says since the announcement, several of his Salvadoran acquaintances have stopped by his business to share how worried they are by this new decision to end temporary protected status (TPS).
"We have seen about three families walk in that are dependent on TPS," Molina–Sanchez said.
Molina–Sanchez said one of his friends has not been taking it well.
"Yes, he was very sad. Well, he has two daughters and he doesn't know what is going to happen, whether they will be deported or what exactly will happen," Molina-Sanchez said.
The Trump Administration has said El Salvador has recovered enough from those 2001 quakes and is ultimately removing the protection.
Justice for Your Neighbor-Nebraska Legal Director Shane Ellison encourages anyone who is impacted to reach out for help. TPS protectees currently have until September 2019 to find a legal way to remain in the United States or face deportation.
"We certainly want to know about any TPS recipients who have any U.S. Citizen parents, spouses or children. Depending on a whole bunch of different factors, individuals may be eligible for certain family based immigration options. They also may be eligible for cancellation of removal," Ellison said.
Recently, the Department of Homeland Security ended TPS protections for some Haitians and Nicaraguans this past November.