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Salvadorian Immigrants Are Facing Deportation


El Salvador is the fourth largest contributor of immigrants to America from a Spanish speaking country, behind Mexico, Dominican Republic and Cuba, ranked respectively.

On Monday, January 8, the Department of Homeland Security ended the Temporary Protected Status of more than 200,000 immigrants from El Salvador that were living in the United States. Those affected by this decision have 18 months to either change their citizenship status or leave the country.

This will likely have an impact on industries across the nation because El Salvador contributes the ninth most immigrants to the United States. It is estimated that approximately 25% of the 1.6 million El Salvador residents in the U.S. work in the construction or maintenance sector. Furthermore, 71% of Salvadorian immigrants over the age of 16 have a job, with the median household income hovering around $40,000.

According to the 2010 national census, the cities of Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., have more than 3% of their total population comprised of Salvadorian immigrants, making these cities the two highest in America. Other large cities, such as Houston, New York and San Francisco, also boast a relatively large Salvadorian population.

With approximately 12% of the total number of Salvadorian immigrants facing deportation, sectors such as the service industry, landscaping industry and agricultural industry may see a noticeable alteration of their labor forces in the coming year.

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August 17, 2019, 11:02 am PDT

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