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Immigrants and activists Protest for the protection of the homeland of the Homeland Security Protected Status (TPS) for more than 195,000 Salvadorans on January 8, 2018
Two decades ago, Fatima Nolasco walked over the border into the United States in search of a better life, going on to build a successful business, and a new home. Now, after Donald Trump, 200,000 fellow immigrants from El Salvador, she is about to lose it all.
Unless Congress can find a way to replace the Temporary Protected Status (GST) program granted to Salvadorans in 2001 after two earthquakes devastated their country – Nolasco will lose its legal immigration rights in September 2019. Under the plan’s protections, Walter Dubon, a permanent legal resident. Today, they employ 20 workers and pay up to $ 30,000 a year in business taxes, on top of individual taxes. “We’ve been paying taxes for 16 years,” she said. “We never thought we would give up the opportunity.” Nolasco notes that it does not depend on any government aid. In fact, GST recipients do not qualify for needs-based government programs, but do contribute to them through payroll taxes. – Economic hit –
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Eli Villalta, right, and his sister Fatima Nolasco, Salvadoran immigrants affected by the US government’s plans to end TPS, speak at their home in Laurel, Maryland
“We have given ourselves a decent life as a result of our work and effort.” I hope they realize we are not a burden on the country, “she told AFP in an interview at Washington, DC, which hosts a large population. of Salvadorans. While Trump takes credit for solid growth and jobs gains during the first year in office, the economists and business leaders warn that expelling immigrant workers would be a major hit to the economy.
This would be especially damaging to a time when the firms are in the process of being rebuilt, especially in fields like construction – a particular concern for rebuilding efforts in hurricane-hit areas of Houston and Florida. One analysis shows that if Salvadoran TPS holders have been tens of thousands of people in Honduras and Haiti, the United States would lose $ 164 billion in GDP over the next decade – without counting $ 6.9 billion in lost contributions to Social Security and Medicare. As much as 88 percent of those immigrants work – much higher than the rate among US citizens – while still a third home. Many, like Nolasco, own businesses. If feels home, they face an uncertain future. While the US government states that in the United States, it still has a travel warning to Americans that “gang activity, such as extortion, violent street crime and narcotics and arms trafficking, is widespread.” – ‘We consider ourselves American’ – Trump has also been introduced to the world of children who have been brought to the country. If Congress fails to reach a target, 800,000 people covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will lose their protections March 5. Economists warn the US could lose $ 215 billion in GDP if the so-called “Dreamers” leave the labor pool. Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google were among the top executives in the world of “dreamers,” and “disruptions in the workforce.” will result in significant costs. ”
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Luis Reyes, a Salvadoran who immigrated to the United States illegally, owns Latin American Restaurant Lauriol Plaza in Washington
Miguel Aguiler, who was brought to the United States from Mexico when he was 11, has found a way to legal status, but fears for his fellow “Dreamers.” “It’s pretty ridiculous that the president wants to do away with so many young people who do nothing but contribute to this country,” he told AFP.
“We’ve lived here all our lives, we consider ourselves American, even though we do not have the paper to show it.” He is a shining example of the American dream. After passing of DACA, he attended a college of soccer championship and then was drafted to play the domestic professional soccer league – the first undocumented immigrant to achieve that goal. He later married a citizen, his college sweetheart, which allowed him to gain status as a permanent legal resident with a so-called green card. Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, is optimistic Democrats and Republicans in Congress will find a solution to help “Dreamers.” “For better or worse, the administration has provided a deadline for this congress,” he told AFP.