So far, today has been an unusual day for Trump. Not only has the President made two major moves on immigration, but Trump Tower almost burned down.
Thousands of Salvadorians Ordered to Leave US by September 2019
First and most importantly are Trump’s DHS (Department of Homeland Security) immigration stances, which have in total blocked nearly 250,000 foreigners from being allowed or allowed to stay in the United States.
A large part of this number includes the 200,000 El Salvadorians who will be sent home. According to the New York Times, these immigrants “have been allowed to live in the United States for more than a decade…”, and according to NPR, they have been here “for nearly 17 years…”
According to NPR, most of the Salvadorians immigrated to the country illegally in the latter part of the 20th century due to civil war. They remained in the country until the early 2000s (17 years ago – during Bush’s Presidency), when they were placed under the “temporary protected status”, which allowed them to stay in the United States as if they were legal immigrants. Neither Bush nor Obama dealt with the Salvadorian immigrant problem, but instead continued to let them live in the country under a “temporary protected status”.
What’s more, the NPR posting shows that Salvadorians are just a section of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who are put under the protected status program. This includes tens of thousands of immigrants from several Central American and Middle Eastern (predominantly Muslim) countries. This includes more than 50,000 Honduras immigrants; 46,000 immigrants from Haiti; almost 9,000 Nepalese immigrants; nearly 6,000 immigrants from Syria; and another nearly 5,000 immigrants from other countries, such as Nicaragua, Sudan, and Yemen.
So far, these non-Salvadorian “protected status” immigrants are still being allowed to stay in the country, although a crackdown is definitely underway: the 46,000 Haitians have been told their protected status will end, the 57,000 Honduras immigrants will be decided upon in July, and the 2,500 Nicaraguans will lose their protected status.
The El Salvadorians have until the end of September 2019 to leave the country.
Trump Tower Fire
In the early morning of January 8, a fire broke out at Trump Tower in New York City. Fortunately, according to Eric Trump and the Fire Department, the fire was not a serious problem since it was actually on top of the building rather than inside it. The Fire Department quickly responded to the fire and extinguished it, although there were three injuries, according to a Washington Post report. In pictures on the website, snow can be noticed around the Trump Tower.
Let’s hope the deportations, self or otherwise, actually take place.