>> Louis Munoz has lived in the US for three decades. He's raised three children in Red Bank, New Jersey, where he lives with his wife and his Bichon Frise, Hatchi. And now, he's facing the fact that he may be forced to return to his native El Salvador, one of the most dangerous countries on earth.
The Salvador gang are the more criminal in the world. It's really a machine for killing, for killing people.>> Munoz is one of roughly 200,000 Salvadorians who had legal status in the US under a humanitarian program after two devastating earthquakes hit the Central American nation in 2001. The program was renewed multiple times since then, but on Monday the Trump Administration said that program called temporary protective status, or TPS, was coming to an end.
US officials said TPS was by definition not intended to become permanent. Now Munoz and many like him are scrambling to find a way to stay or another place to go.>> The TPS people don't have a different option for applying for other program.>> Munoz originally fled El Salvador and went to Belize, he then came to the US before the earthquakes.
He over-stayed his visa here, but TPS extended him a lifeline that allowed him to stay. It covered his three children as well. The kids were born in Belize but grew up here. Munoz says they don't speak much Spanish. His oldest son is married to an American. His two younger children are now considering marriage as well, as a means to stay.
El Salvador has one of the world's highest murder rates, according to the United Nations. Munoz says he's considering trying to move to Canada. His wife, an illegal immigrant without TPS status, wants to take the children back to her native Belize. He's talking with others who are looking at a dwindling list of options.