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Thousands Of Salvadorans Await Decision On Their Status In the U.S.

Juan Mejia. Photo by Diane Orson for WNPR

Thousands of Salvadoran immigrants in Connecticut and Massachusetts will find out by Monday whether their legal status in the U.S. will be extended or revoked. Some have lived in the U.S. for nearly two decades, and many don’t know what they’ll do if they’re told to leave.

Jose Zabala came to the U.S. just as a major earthquake hit his native El Salvador. That was almost 17 years ago. He was granted Temporary Protected Status, or TPS. The 37-year-old father works during the days at a Connecticut car wash. At nights, he cleans an office building.

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