TPS for Salvadorans was first established in 2001 after earthquakes devastated the country.
The DHS stated, "Additionally, in recent years, the US government has been repatriating individuals back to El Salvador - more than 39,000 in the last two years -demonstrating that the temporary inability of El Salvador to adequately return their nationals after the quake has been addressed".
The Trump administration will not extend the Temporary Protected Status program, which has allowed almost 200,000 Salvadorans to stay in the US legally, according to a report Monday. The delay means the more than 250,000 TPS protectees will have until September 9, 2019, to either find a different way to stay in the United States or prepare to leave.
She says the 18-month delay gives Congress time to address the issue.
Acting Secretary Elaine Duke, however, extended protections for more than 80,000 Hondurans for six months because she said she was unable to reach a decision about whether conditions in that country had improved enough to terminate the protected status. Congressional Research Service puts the number of Salvadoran TPS recipients at about 260,000, but other experts say it is closer to 200,000 because some have gotten other immigration relief or left the country. DHS determined that the original conditions caused by the 2001 earthquakes no longer exist.
Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Monday that damage inflicted by a 2001 natural disaster in the Central American country didn't justify another temporary extension.
Advocates for continuing TPS for El Salvador and other countries in Central America have argued that violence and political unrest make it unsafe for migrants to return.
"The end of TPS for El Salvador is a devastating betrayal for thousands of families who arrived at the United States seeking safety as well as their USA citizen children".
Nielsen has the ultimate decision on whether to extend El Salvador's status, but advocates on the issue from both sides of the aisle anticipate a similar decision to that on Haiti, a struggling country as well, but one the department says has recovered from its devastating quake in 2010.
In ending the protections for other groups, the Homeland Security Department has urged outraged lawmakers to enact legislation rather than continue to force the secretary to make the decisions. "It would be devastating to send them home after they have created a humble living for themselves and their families".