Christian groups decry U.S. policy change on Salvadorans as Episcopalians offer support

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Numerous people under the temporary status have tried to become permanent residents by applying for green cards.

As the Catholic Church in the USA began observing National Migration Week - a time to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, immigrants, refugees, and human trafficking victims - the administration of President Donald Trump announced that it would end an immigration program for thousands of Salvadorans, one of the largest groups of modern-day immigrants in the country and one that includes many Catholics.

In fewer than 140 characters, the Trump administration set a date to end the dream of more than 200,000 Salvadoran families. The country has one of the world's highest homicide rates as a result of gang violence.

Salvadorans will have until September 9, 2019, to leave the country or adjust their legal status.

At the same time, Coffman is proposing to eliminate the TPS program for future immigrants.

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. But even after conditions improved, the State Department has continually renewed TPS for the program's recipients, prolonging their time in the United States.

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According to Immigration and Refugee Board statistics, over 500 Salvadorans claimed refugee status in Canada from January to September 2017, which double the total for 2016 and more than any year since at least 2013.

"Getting them to a permanent solution is a much better plan than having them live six months to 12 months to 18 months", she told the AP. Qualified enrollees could apply for permanent legal residency before the end of the three-year period and undergo a background check.

Discussions over TPS have since become part of the bipartisan negotiations for an immigration deal that would stop the deportation of young immigrants brought to the US illegally as children and enhance border security.

No fewer than 18,000 asylum seekers illegally crossed the USA border into Canada in 2017 to file refugee claims, nearly 17,000 of whom went to the primarily French-speaking province of Quebec.

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