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Special protections automatically extended for Salvadorans in the U.S.

February 28, 2019

The program allowing people from eligible, unsafe countries to live legally in the United States has been extended for Salvadorans, according to the Federal Register.

Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, has been automatically extended to Jan. 2, 2020, for the hundreds of thousands of people from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan living in the United States.

An official U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services notice is expected to be published Friday.

The Trump administration ordered the termination of TPS for people from El Salvador in January last year. But a California-based U.S. district judge blocked the move.

In October, the Trump administration said it would comply with the court injunction, extending TPS for Salvadorans through April 2 this year.

The government also indicated that if the injunction was still pending as of March, it would extend the status again until next January.

Their employment authorization would now be valid through Jan. 2.

The Department of Homeland Security has yet to release an official statement on the extension. It did not respond to an immediate request for comment.

Silvia Foster-Frau covers immigration news in the San Antonio, Bexar County and South Texas area. Read her on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | sfosterfrau@express-news.net | Twitter: @SilviaElenaFF