It comes following a decision by the Trump administration this week to end special protections for around 200,000 Salvadorans.
Oscar Calix, the group’s past president, said Salvadorans living in Manitoba are watching the situation closely.
“We are concerned for different reasons and one of them is the safety of our people,” said Calix. “We are concerned about the safety, the impact this will have in El Salvador.”
“We hope Canadians will understand the tragedy. We hope our country will show compassion and goodwill to our people.”
Salvadorans living with temporary protected status in the U.S. have until Sep., 2019 to leave the country or face deportation.
Winnipeg-based immigration lawyer Alastair Clarke said it’s reasonable to think some Salvadorans may look north when their temporary protection status in the U.S. ends.
“It’s reasonable to think many will come to Canada,” said Clarke. “We should expect a surge.”
The federal immigration minister said the department is monitoring the situation but downplayed concerns Tuesday in Ottawa that the move would result in an influx of asylum seekers coming to Canada.