I am from San Salvador, El Salvador.
The Trump administration is ending special protections for Salvadoran immigrants, forcing almost 200,000 to leave the country or face deportation, officials said Monday.
Numerous people under the temporary status have tried to become permanent residents by applying for green cards.
"This legislation will help those who have been living and working in the United States, under TPS for many years, to have a legal status that would give them a path to legal permanent residency and remove the fear of deportation", Coffman said in a statement. Critics say it has proved anything but temporary - with many beneficiaries staying years after the initial justification applies. The Trump administration has taken a hard line on the policy, saying it never was meant to offer immigrants permanent residency.
Advocates of the program say long-term resident Salvadorans and their children should not be sent back to El Salvador, a country struggling with a weak economy and gang violence that has given it one of the world's highest murder rates. Salvadoran families who have American born children will have to make a hard decision of breaking up their family or going back with their children to a country that is still considered highly risky.
There are almost 440,000 beneficiaries from the 10 countries, including 263,000 from El Salvador, but many have obtained legal status other ways.
The country has received millions of dollars in aid for the recovery and rebuilt schools, homes and hospitals, the official said. This week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced those protections will end in September 2019, and in the meantime, Salvadorans in the U.S. will have to re-register for TPS.
El Salvador is the fourth country whose citizens have lost Temporary Protected Status under President Donald Trump, and they have been, by far, the largest beneficiaries of the program, which provides humanitarian relief for foreigners whose countries are hit with natural disasters or other strife.
The Salvadoran families who are being assisted by religious groups in San Francisco are contributing members of the local community, said Lawton, a member of St John the Evangelist Episcopal Church. She has lived in North Carolina for 18 years and runs a subcontracting construction business with her Honduran husband.
Two U.S. officials discussed the decision on condition of anonymity with The Associated Press because they were not authorized to speak publicly ahead of the announcement.
"They will have some funds to come to Canada", she explained.