January 9, 2018

Trump condemns 200,000 Salvadorans to potential poverty or death

Popular Resistance - The Trump administration announced  it was ending a humanitarian program that allowed nearly 200,000 Salvadorans who fled catastrophic conditions in their home country to remain in the country legally.

The administration has already rescinded the protections for the 59,000 Haitians who arrived after the 2010 earthquake and a couple thousand Nicaraguans.

Violence, poverty, and joblessness remain extreme in El Salvador, which has the world’s second-highest murder rate, and many who remain in the country rely on remittances from abroad. The country’s government urged the administration to extend the program, pointing to the country’s drought in addition to its poverty and gang violence.

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