In the Newsday article, Patrick Young, program director at the nonprofit Central American Refugee Center in Hempstead and Brentwood, warned that "Anyone who knows anything about El Salvador knows that it has become one of the most unsafe countries in the world and you are now going to be deporting people who have lived in this country without any criminal background, for the last 20 years on average, to a country where their lives will be in grave danger".
Holding true to his campaign promises to limit immigration, President Donald Trump this week ended the temporary protected status program (TPS) for Salvadorans, thousands of whom live in South Florida.
"We knew we weren't going to get mercy from this administration, and we've been preparing, but it still hurts", Vanessa said. Safe Third Country Agreement, most migrants are required to request refugee protection in the first safe country they arrive in.
The status was granted in the wake of two devastating 2001 earthquakes in El Salvador that left hundreds of thousands in the country homeless.
More than 200,000 Salvadorans will be forced to leave the USA before September 2019 or become undocumented immigrants without legal protections.
"But many of them don't know that", said Carrion, "Many of them are not even prepared to begin to discuss these facts, simply because they didn't think they would ever have to".
There are approximately 1.35 million Salvadorans of any status living in the United States, according to U.S. Census Bureau data analyzed by the Migration Policy Institute, a non-partisan think-tank.
Many of them have reasonable grounds for claiming refugee status in Canada, said Toronto refugee lawyer Raoul Boulakia.
"I said that I would pull back on that to see how [Ryan] would do".
Carrion says the vast majority of immigrants from El Salvador are not low-skilled migrant workers or criminals that the Trump administration promised to deport.
Over the last more than fifteen years in the United States, the refugees from Salvador have had children, who are American citizens, have bought homes, and built communities. "The original conditions caused by the 2001 earthquakes no longer exist", the Department of Homeland Security said.
Numerous people under the temporary status have tried to become permanent residents by applying for green cards. "Instead of withdrawing their protections, our government should welcome these long-term, settled members of our communities and find ways to give them a permanent path to residency". There's also marriage to a USA citizen.
"We believe that God has called us to care for the foreigner and the marginalized ..." She had no wish to return to El Salvador.
"Today's decision creates many losers, and no winners", he said.
While the 2001 natural disaster initially sent Enrique and Vanessa and people like them in search of sanctuary, the volatile climate of gang activity, violence and human trafficking has kept the DHS under previous USA administrations from returning refugees. As with the end to TPS for Haitians and Nicaraguans, we disagree with this heartless action by the Trump administration.
Ricardo Calderon, of the Central American Resource Center in San Francisco, told Catholic News Service that the affected Salvadorans have suffered what amounts to "psychological torture" while waiting for the administration's decision. Their oldest child, Arianna, 17, an employee of The Press, will live with neighbors in Brentwood and hopes to attend U.C. Berkeley should her parents and siblings leave.
Velasco and her family will appeal to stay in the United States, but if that fails they will have to go back to a country that struggles with a weak economy, gang violence and one of the world's highest murder rates.
The Ohio-based Ignatian Solidarity Network said returning, for many Salvadorans, means returning to danger.
"We've been here so long", he said.