While many immigrants enter the U.S., every year seeking new opportunities, improved quality of life and shelter from dangerous exposure in their homeland, achieving citizenship is not for the weary. Acquiring citizenship status in the United States and Illinois requires time, effort and commitment to carefully following all designated protocols for approval. Recent changes to several laws under President Trump's administration has complicated this process for those seeking to make a living on U.S. soil.
A recent announcement by the Department of Homeland Security provided insight into Trump's decision to end Temporary Protected Status for nearly 200,000 El Salvadoran immigrants who currently live in the United States. The decision means that Salvadoran immigrants who were awarded this status as early as 2001 are required to leave the U.S. by September 2019. Those who choose to stay will be listed as undocumented immigrants and will be facing deportation.