By ELLIOT SPAGAT
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Trump administration faces a Monday deadline on whether to extend protections that would allow nearly 200,000 Salvadorans to stay in the U.S. legally.
Citizens of El Salvador are currently the beneficiaries of the Temporary Protected Status program. It provides humanitarian relief for foreigners whose countries are hit with natural disasters or other strife.
Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen faces a Monday deadline on whether to grant an extension of up to 18 months.
A decision to force the Salvadorans back to their native country would represent a serious challenge for El Salvador, which depends on remittances from wage-earners in the U.S.
In November, the administration ended protections for citizens of Haiti and Nicaragua. Citizens of Honduras may be next.
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