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Salvadorans are currently the largest group of TPS holders in the United States, although the Trump administration has decided to no longer extend their status, a decision that resulted in a court challenge.

I want to know what was the immigration status of most TPS-granted Salvadorans before they got TPS. I.e. were most of them legally in the the US, e.g. on some other temporary visa/permit etc.? Or were they mostly illegal immigrants before getting TPS?

I'm asking this because in 1986 there was an overt amnesty for illegal immigrants.

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