Many immigrants in the Miami area have been on high alert recently because of political activities in Washington. Recently, the Trump administration made changes to the Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Salvadorans.
In 2001, 200,000 immigrants from El Salvador were allowed to work and live legally in the United States because of the earthquakes that displaced more than a million people. The immigrants were given a Temporary Protective Status. The U.S. government announced that they will be ending this program and that individuals will lose their status by September 2019 and face deportation. The U.S. government believes that El Salvador has recovered from the earthquakes. Those who have married U.S. citizens can apply for new protections but they have to be here legally. Many of these immigrants have built a new life for themselves in the U.S. and have started families and businesses.
Immigrants in the Miami area are constantly aware of the political landscape that may affect their status. A legal professional who is skilled in immigration issues can help their client get the immigration status they need. An attorney understands how emotional this time can be and knows how much an immigrant contributes to the U.S. society. They want to work with the immigrant in making sure they are able to legally stay in the U.S. with their family and the life they’ve built.
Many immigrants have been in the United States for decades. When a person is facing deportation after all of these years, an immigration attorney understands the high stakes their clients may face.
Source: miamiherald.com, “US ends special immigration status for 200,000 Salvadorans“, Franco Ordonez and Anita Kumar, Jan. 8, 2017