Social Mobility In Central American Immigration

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Many Central American immigrants have sought social mobility throughout the years. Central America has faced extreme political and economical instability, civil wars, natural disasters and boundary dispute. It has been difficult for Central Americans to remain living in their native countries. Migrating into the United States is something that a lot of Central Americans have viewed as an opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward mobility for them and their families. However, the migration to the United
States isn’t an easy process and that determines the level of mobility for several Central
American immigrants. Mobility can be upward, stable, or downward. The conceptualization of social mobility in the Central American diaspora overall has been a
nightmare.
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The true beneficiaries of TPS should be temporary visitors, but illegal immigrants have not abandoned the opportunity to work in the U.S. With TPS,
Salvadorans are allowed to stay in the Unites States temporarily and work. Many decide to return to their homeland for sometime but are not aware of the limitations of TPS. “ In addition to the cost of the trip in direct terms (ticket) and indirect terms (lost earnings), a majority of the Salvadorans we encountered in New Jersey did not possess documentation that would enable them to cross the U.S-Mexico border at will”( Bailey,
Wright, Miyares, Mountz n.d) TPS offers travel documents that allow these immigrants to travel for a limited time. It is vital for TPS designees to return within the time period permitted to travel or else that would risk their protected status to stay in the United
States. TPS does not make it eligible for Salvadorans to obtain a green card. All in all, immigration policy will continue to determine the different aspects of mobility for Central American immigrants. While some immigrants today are content with their settlement in the United States, some other undocumented immigrants

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