A 'great number' of Salvadoran asylum seekers could be heading to Windsor

On Monday, the Trump Administration announced 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants now allowed to live and work in America will lose that right by Sept. 9, 2019 — giving them 18 months to leave or seek lawful residency.

Trump administration announced protected status will end by Sept. 2019

In this Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 photo, Mateo Barrera, 4 originally from El Salvador, whose family members benefit from Temporary Protected Status, TPS, attends a news conference in Los Angeles. This week‚ news that the Trump administration is ending TPS for 200,000 migrants from El Salvador is also rattling nerves in neighboring Honduras. (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

A "great number" of Salvadoran asylum seekers fleeing the United States could end up in Windsor as their protected status ends.

The right to stay in the U.S. was extended to people from El Salvador after two deadly earthquakes shook the country in 2001, killing hundreds and leaving thousands homeless.

But on Monday the Trump Administration announced 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants now allowed to live and work in America will lose that right by Sept. 9, 2019 — giving them 18 months to leave or seek lawful residency.

Angela Ventura, from the El Salvador Association of Windsor, said many Salvadorans may flee to Windsor as special protection for them ends in the U.S. (Skype)

Angela Ventura, a representative of the El Salvador Association of Windsor, said she's hopeful the "government of Canada will open the doors, not just for refugees, but the economic class … and the entrepreneurial stream" who will be looking for a new country to call home.

"I don't expect the 200,000 Salvadorians will be knocking at the door, but I expect a great number of people to come to Canada. They don't want to do it in an irregular way, they want to do it in a legal way.," she added.

Ventura said some Salvadorans may start trying to come to Canada right away, but others might wait until the summer of 2019.

"They will have some funds to come to Canada," she explained. "What they need is a place to work in peace."

with files from CBC Ottawa