The Trump administration just announced they plan deport more than 260,000 Salvadorans — including children born in the US — to the beleaguered Central American country.
The US opened its doors to Salvadorans following devastating earthquakes in 2001, but conditions in El Salvador remains extremely dangerous. Now the Trump administration has given tens of thousands of Salvadorans who've come to the states in the intervening years just 18 months to leave.
These are our friends, family, and neighbors. This plan is cruel and we refuse to allow it.
According to Oscar Chacón, executive director of Alianza Americas, a network of Latin American and Caribbean immigrant groups in the US:
"[Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen] Nielsen has told 200,000 of our friends, neighbors, and colleagues — people who sought safety in the United States and have had full permission to build lives here for nearly 17 years — that they have 18 months to pack their bags and return to El Salvador, a country that is plagued by the highest homicide rate in Latin America, a 95 percent impunity rate, and escalating human rights abuses."
El Salvador has one of the highest crime rates on the planet. Extortion, violence, and corruption are rampant. It has the slowest economic growth in Latin America. Thousands of men, women, and children from El Salvador have fled the country seeking greater opportunities and an escape from violence in Mexico, Costa Rica, and the United States.
We're calling on Congress to reverse Trump's decision and ensure the safety of thousands of people. Can you help?
Take stand for basic human decency. Add your name now and urge the Trump administration to renew the temporary protected status of El Salvadorans fleeing violence, terror, and poverty.