Immigrant allies want the Trump Administration to renew a program that allows about 36,300 Salvadorans in Texas — out of an estimated 195,000 nationwide — to continue living and working here on a temporary basis.
“As local officials, it is our obligation to ensure all of our residents’ safety and well-being, including those of immigrants and their families,” stated a letter signed by city leaders, including Dallas Mayor Michael S. Rawlings. “We are gravely concerned that failure to renew El Salvador’s TPS designation will harm hundreds of thousands of people in our communities.”
El Salvador’s Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, has until Jan. 8 to be renewed. An extension to the program has to be made 60 days before it expires, according to the Federal Register. El Salvador’s TPS runs out on March 9.
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In the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Area, Salvadorans are the second largest Hispanic population at 75,000, according to the Pew Research Center. The Mexican immigrant community is the largest with 1.6 million people.
The Salvadoran community includes people who fall under various descriptions, including undocumented workers, legal residents, naturalized citizens, U.S. born children and “TPS holders.” Under TPS, people displaced by political conflicts or natural disasters are allowed to live and work in the United States temporarily.