President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn as he arrives at the White House, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Washington. Trump returns from a visit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea as well as the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
In an agreement finalized Monday by El Salvador Foreign Minister Alexandra Hill, acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, and United States Citizenship and Immigration acting Director Ken Cuccinelli, the White House has granted an extension to the temporary protected status for Salvadorans living in the U.S.
In a video, U.S. Ambassador El Salvador Ronald Johns and Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele made the (Spanish) announcement.
#Ahora | El presidente de El Salvador, @nayibbukele, anuncia en su cuenta de Twitter que lograron un acuerdo para extender el TPS por un año más para los ciudadanos de ese país en #EEUU. pic.twitter.com/xe6igGBxKK
— Internacionales (@inter_pl) October 28, 2019
The extension of TPS will last a little over a year and affect roughly a quarter million beneficiaries.
A DHS press release highlighted the move, quoting McAleenan:
“Today’s agreements will significantly help the U.S. and our partners in El Salvador confront illegal migration and will strengthen the entire region as we approach the implementation of asylum cooperative agreements. We are again thankful for El Salvador’s leadership in the region and close coordination with the U.S. and DHS.”
Acting DHS Secretary McAleenan — who’s set to step down at the end of October — signed several immigration documents Monday with Foreign Minister Hill.
TPS was granted to Salvadorans after a 2001 earthquake left hundreds of thousands homeless. The stay was contracted to end in September. As of now, work permits will remain in effect through January 4th, 2021.
And it’s part of a broader and blooming relationship with El Salvador, as conveyed by The Daily Caller:
The announcement marks the latest in the blossoming relationship between the Trump administration and El Salvador’s new government.
McAleenan and Hill signed a highly coveted “asylum cooperation agreement” in September, which calls on the Central American country to accept U.S.-bound migrants from other countries who cross its borders. The deal aims to thin out the flow of illegal aliens who are appearing at the U.S. southern border. During the signing of that deal, Hill stressed that her government, led by Bukele, is allied with the American government and wants to do its part in stemming the immigration crisis.
In September, Foreign Minister Hill had nice things to say, too:
“My president, President Bukele, since day one changed this policy 180 degrees. We are now allied with the United States after a more than a decade of a government that was pro-Chavez, and we are working every single day to try to solve this issue of people who, by various reasons, reasons of insecurity or reasons of death threats, are forced to leave our country.”
Also reached Monday: bilateral agreements regarding information sharing, border enforcement, and the curbing of illegal immigration.
It should be noted, however, that Democrats would prefer you ignore this and focus on Trump’s sinister phone call with Ukraine.
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