US EXTENDS TPS FOR EL SALVADOR: "An estimated 250,000 immigrants from El Salvador will be allowed to work legally in the United States for an additional year with a special status that protects them from deportation," Miriam Jordan and Kirk Semple report for The New York Times.
"The announcement walks back an attempt by the administration in 2018 to strip Temporary Protected Status from immigrants from the Central American country," they write. TPS allows people to remain in the U.S. and apply for work permits if their home country experiences a natural disaster, armed conflict or other extraordinary event. DHS said in the announcement that it would extend the authorization of work permits for El Salvadoran TPS holders until Jan. 4, 2021.
"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," Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan said in the press release.