The Trump administration will announce Monday that it will end a temporary immigration status that had allowed some Salvadorans who fled the earthquake-ravaged country nearly two decades ago to stay in the United States.
The administration has decided to terminate Temporary Protected Status for immigrants from El Salvador by Sept. 9, 2019, according to two sources with knowledge of the decision. That means the legal status is being extended by 18 months, but will end by that date.
Immigrants from El Salvador are by far the largest group to benefit from Temporary Protected Status, which allows foreigners to remain in the United States if their home country experiences a natural disaster, armed conflict or other extraordinary event while they're here. The designation is only meant to be temporary, but the status had gotten repeatedly renewed under both Republican and Democratic administrations.
Roughly 263,000 people from El Salvador are currently covered by TPS, which has allowed the immigrants to stay and work in the United States legally.
The Trump administration has already announced that it would terminate TPS for immigrants from other countries such as Nicaragua, Haiti and Sudan.
The Department of Homeland Security declined to comment.
Ted Hesson contributed to this report.