No Longer Protected by TPS or DACA Jose Guevara's Life Hangs in the Hands of Congress


After Trump ended Temporary Protection Status (TPS) for Salvadorans hundreds of thousands are left uncertain of their future and their livelihood.

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According to CNN, Jose Gueverra is a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient whose family came to the United States when he was nine years old under TPS. They fled El Salvador right after a bloody civil war followed by a devastating 2001 earthquake that ravaged the country. That was almost two decades ago and since then his family has made a living in the U.S. "They hustled and they were able to get into better positions for themselves and always gave me the best that they could. Even after they divorced," he said.

The 23-year-old college student is now battling leukemia on and off but fears his family's deportation after the 18-month deadline that the Trump Administration has ordered for TPS Salvadorans. He is dependent on his mother's insurance under the Affordable Healthcare Act. 

Another life concerning issue is the fact that Guevara is gay and fears persecution in El Salvador. "El Salvador is not accepting of the LGBT community. Their policies are not LGBT-friendly or women-friendly at all," he said.

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Guevara is protected for now under DACA and hopes for negotiations on Capitol Hill to favor a DREAM Act.