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El Salvadoran Refugees to Head North after Trump ends TPS

January 24, 2018

The Trump administration has announced its intention to end the Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) program for citizens of El Salvador living in the United States, a population of roughly 200,000 people. The administration intends to terminate the TPS program for Salvadorans on September 9, 2019, despite many having U.S. citizen children (roughly 190,000 U.S. citizen children of Salvadoran TPS holders). The Canadian government has been proactively addressing the potential influx of Salvadorans, sending delegates to U.S. cities with large populations of Salvadorans to address the challenges of immigrating to Canada, despite widespread misinformation across social media channels. In November 2017, over 1,600 people crossed the Canadian border on foot without authorization.