If the Trump era is about putting America first, those 200,000 Salvadorans should not only stay, they should become citizens

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Mark Porubcansky There is little doubt that the “temporary” status that allowed more than 200,000 citizens of El Salvador to remain in the United States — until the Trump administration revoked that status this week — had largely become a fiction. The Salvadorans were here because of the earthquakes that destroyed much of their Central American country in 2001, and they were able to extend their stay repeatedly. They built lives. They had children — American citizens born on U.S. soil — even amid the long-term uncertainty of their status. Now they’ve been swept up in an ugly political battle that includes the “dreamers” and the president’s border wall. You can make a case that it’s only reasonable to tell them it’s time to leave....

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If the Trump era is about putting America first, those 200,000 Salvadorans should not only stay, they should become citizens

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