President Trump’s decision in recent months to deport more than 300,000 Central American and Caribbean immigrants will create havoc in some of Latin America’s most troubled countries, such as El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti.
It’s a short-sighted policy that — alongside Trump’s shameful campaign to deport about 700,000 “DREAMers,” young people brought to the country as children by undocumented parents — almost surely will backfire. A destabilized Central America and Haiti will only produce more illegal immigration, drug trafficking and greater violence in the region.
Even Trump’s own State Department officials have warned against the president’s moves to deport more than 57,000 Hondurans, 195,000 Salvadorans and 46,000 Haitians who enjoyed Temporary Protection Status, or TPS, according to State Department cables first disclosed by The Washington Post this week.
Many of these TPS recipients have been living in this country and paying taxes for two decades, and have more than 270,000 U.S.-born children. They will now be separated from their children and forced to return to their native countries within the next 18 months.