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

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

The Trump administration will end a temporary program that allows some Nicaraguans to live and work in the United States, while leaving the door open to canceling the same program for more than 200,000 Haitians and Salvadorans in the coming weeks.

Latino advocates and legislators from both parties criticized the Trump administration's announcement that it would terminate a program that allows about 3,000 Nicaraguans to stay and work in the US legally as well as delay the decision on whether to extend the program to recipients from Honduras. On Monday, the White House announced an estimated 2,500 Nicaraguans will not see their TPS designation renewed; they have 14 months-until January 5, 2019-to get out or change their residency status to one that permits them to stay. The department's announcement came 60 days before the programs for both countries were slated to expire on January 5, 2018.

TPS is a form of temporary legal residency established in the Immigration Act of 1990 that provides worker visas to more than 300,00 immigrants from 10 countries experiencing ongoing armed conflict, environmental disaster or other circumstances that make it potentially risky for them to return to home.

The United States has ended the Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, program for Nicaraguan migrants living in the country, EFE reported.

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".

Proponents of TPS for people from Central America and Haiti argue that ending the designation for those countries is counterproductive and could also drive more illegal immigration.

Per a statement, "Based on the lack of definitive information regarding conditions on the ground [in Honduras] compared to pre-Hurricane Mitch", the TPS protection has been extended for six months.

More than 5,000 Nicaraguans and about 85,000 Hondurans are beneficiaries of that program.

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These groups are also in the country under the TPS program.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is nearing a decision on the plans for TPS recipients. Haitians affected by the decision number 46,000.

In the next few months, the status of hundreds of thousands of TPS recipients will be up for decision.

During the background call with reporters, senior administration officials emphasized that the USCIS agency - the organization overseeing TPS designation - would not "proactively share information with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regarding the expiration of TPS". "They are the fabric of our communities, and our economies and our industries", said Maria Rodriguez of the Florida Immigrant Coalition.

"I have never been so uneasy as I am now", Flores told Al Jazeera.

"I am shocked that my government did absolutely nothing to protect us from the elimination of TPS", Bernan Vusto, a TPS holder since 1990, said. "To demand that more than 300,000 individuals return to their former countries when those countries are profoundly unsafe and underdeveloped economically is inhumane".

The 50-year-old, who is originally from Leon, Nicaragua and now lives and works in Washington, DC, said there is a job shortage in his home country that would make it hard and expensive to return. But the fate of TPS is more tenuous under President Donald Trump whose executive orders on immigration aim to limit legal immigration and deport undocumented immigrants.

In May, TPS for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone expired.

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