How The Loss Of Temporary Protected Status For Salvadorans Could Affect Harvey Recovery

An estimated 20,000 Salvadorans live in Houston, of which 20 percent work in construction.

By Davis LandJanuary 16, 2018 2:41 pm, , ,

From Houston Public Media:

The White House has announced the end of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for people in the United States from El Salvador.

Many Salvadorans came to the United States, settling in cities like Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, and New York after earthquakes devastated the country in 2001. The TPS designation allows them to work and live in the United States legally.

Houston has a high population of Salvadorans compared to other cities — prompting many to wonder how losing a significant portion of the Salvadoran population might affect the city.

“I think the conversation is a very different one that we would have had two years ago, especially given what has occurred in Houston with Harvey,” said Laura Murillo, who heads the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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