The Trump administration will give Salvadorans who have lived and worked legally in the United States since earthquakes hit their country in 2001 until September 9, 2019 to either leave or find a way to obtain a green card. Roughly 200,000 Salvadorans were granted Temporary Protected Status and their permits have been renewed on an 18-month basis since then. Department of Homeland Security officials decided that the natural disaster had been resolved and thus it was required that they remove the protected status designation. Questions about ongoing violence and terrible economic conditions in El Salvador were dismissed as irrelevant.
In September, Energy Secretary Rick Perry asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees regional electricity markets, to guarantee financial returns for power plants that can stockpile at least 90 days’ worth of fuel on-site — which, in effect, meant propping up uncompetitive coal and nuclear units. Today, those regulators rejected Perry’s proposal, dealing a major blow to the Trump administration’s promises to rescue the declining coal industry.
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, a Republican from California, announced that he will not seek re-election this year. Royce was term-limited as Committee Chairman and likely faced an uphill battle for re-election, as his district went for Clinton by 8 points in 2016.