DHS ends Temporary Protected Status for Nicaraguans, delays decision for Hondurans

Nicaraguan Immigrants To Lose Temporary Protected Status In The US

The announcement comes before the administration is set to announce whether it will extend the program for Hondurans and Nicaraguans on Monday (UPDATE: The Department of Homeland Security made a Monday evening decision about TPS for Nicaragua but said it needed more time to explore a decision on Honduras), and Haitians on November 23.

It has been repeatedly renewed since. We demand that DHS reverse their decision and keep TPS for immigrants from other countries under threat.

"While it is clear that TPS protection was meant to provide refuge for people of color in Honduras, Nicaragua and Haiti, their homelands have yet to reach a place of safety or economic prosperity which would make their return feasible", Eddie Carmona, director of PICO National Network's LA RED immigrant justice campaign, said in a statement. Roughly 250,000 US citizens are the offspring of TPS beneficiaries, so the announcement would likely force many families to make the hard decision of having to take their children with them.

Under the programme, they are allowed to work and many have raised families in the United States.

Elaine Duke said the country's TPS designation would therefore have to be terminated. Haitians status is set to expire in January 2018, affecting about 50,000 people, majority in Florida, while Sanvadorans' status expires in March 2018, affecting almost 200,000 people. She said that there is a lot uncertainty, especially for those with little options to adjust their status and get permanent residency.

Meanwhile Honduran immigrants, whose TPS was also due to expire in January 2018, have been left in limbo as a decision on their status was delayed.

"Every 16 hours there is a woman killed in Honduras", said Oscar Chacón from the Alianza Américas, stating the country remains one of the most unsafe places in the world.

Countries like Honduras and El Salvador have previously asked the Trump administration to extend the special protected status to its citizens. The Department of Homeland Security claimed that conditions in Nicaragua have improved enough to cancel the program.

Ms Duke said she recognised "the difficulty facing citizens of Nicaragua - and potentially citizens of other countries - who have received TPS designation for close to two decades" and called on the US Congress "to enact a permanent solution for this inherently temporary programme". Although an announcement about El Salvador isn't expected for another few weeks (January 8, 2018), she said she's uneasy as she awaits the announcement about TPS. DHS can renew the program for up to 18 months at a time. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said last week that the conditions in Central America and Haiti no longer justify the need for protections under TPS.

TPS was established by Congress through the Immigration Act of 1990. "They are the fabric of our communities, and our economies and our industries", said Maria Rodriguez of the Florida Immigrant Coalition.

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