Los Angeles — As many as 200,000 Salvadorans in the United States are now being forced to go back to El Salvador after living in this country for over a decade. This is the Trump Administration’s next move, hoping to eliminate illegal immigrants. Soon, immigrants from countries such as Honduras might face the same punishment.
This is all part of Donald Trump’s plan to “Make America Great Again.”El Salvador is a war-torn country. Over the decades, this country has had to deal with political and economical disequilibrium. By the 1970’s, a savage and vicious civil war started. The government started to target citizens they believed were supportive of economical and political reform. One of the most preeminent examples was Archbishop Oscar Romero who was shot to death in 1980.
A war erupted between the government and the rebels who were against the government’s ideas and ways of ruling. The U.S. continually provided the government with financial and military support, and they are believed to be the only reason why the government stayed in the war. The war ended around the early 2000’s, but it left El Salvador in a broken state.
Hundreds of thousands of Salvadorans fled between 1980 to 2000, and have resided in the United States ever since.2001 brought more Salvadorans to the United States. Two devastating earthquakes hit, sending waves of destruction and loss through the whole country. As a result, many Salvadorans fled to the United States. But after 15 years of the Salvadorans working and living legally in the U.S., Homeland security officials are removing the legal status of 200,000 Salvadorans. The Trump administration is trying to eliminate illegal and legal immigrants, removing protection to 800,000 other immigrants along with the 200,000 Salvadorans.
Salvadoran Veronica Lagunas, 39, has said “We had hope that if we worked hard, paid our taxes and didn’t get in trouble, we would be allowed to stay.”Fortunately, all hope isn’t lost for the Salvadorans. As a result of the Temporary Protected Status that is coming to an end, the immigrants get 18 months to figure out what to do next. This could include finding a way to stay in the U.S.
, going back to El Salvador, or finding a whole new country to live. To live in the U.S., the Congress must grant them legal status, and they must become a citizen. For now, we don’t know what will happen to these immigrants. All we can do is hope that the best outcome comes to them.