DHS ends protected immigration status for Nicaraguans; Hondurans get extension

DHS ends protected immigration status for Nicaraguans; Hondurans get extension

DHS ends protected immigration status for Nicaraguans; Hondurans get extension

The presidents of both Honduras and El Salvador have urged the Trump administration to extend the program, citing the contributions that TPS holders make to their economies by sending money home and the destabilizing effects of thousands of people returning. The Department of Homeland Security claimed that conditions in Nicaragua have improved enough to cancel the program.

Martínez is a member of a national alliance of organizations that has advocated for the renewal of TPS for all participating countries. As its name suggests, TPS is ostensibly a short-term humanitarian benefit that lets foreign nationals stay while their home countries recover from catastrophes such as civil wars, natural disasters or epidemics.

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.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took the same tack, accusing the administration of "senseless prejudice" and denouncing the TPS decision as a "cowardly assault on thousands of families in communities across the nation", reports the Washington Post. TPS for those 260,000 Salvadorans, the largest group of beneficiaries, expires in March. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke confirmed that the decision on Honduras is postponed in order to discuss circumstances particular to that country.

If Department of Homeland Security secretary nominee Kirstjen Nielsen is confirmed as expected on Wednesday, one of her first major decisions will be what to do about 300,000 foreign nationals living in the US with a form of temporary immigration status.


"We are looking at the fact that temporary protected status means temporary, and it has not been temporary for many years", DHS spokesman David Lapan said earlier this month. "My hope is they change the legislation to make this a permanent thing for all the TPS recipients". "They've been getting working and they have 275,000 citizen children". She said that there is a lot uncertainty, especially for those with little options to adjust their status and get permanent residency.

Belinda Osorio, a Honduran-American who lives and works in Florida and has been in the US for decades through TPS, told reporters at a conference call on Tuesday that she would not put her 14-year-old son in danger by going back to Honduras, regardless of the administration's eventual decision.

The DHS has given the Nicaraguan migrants 14 months to leave the US or change their immigration status.

"The only rationale for something like this is if people can't be sent back physically", the Center's Mark Krikorian said. He plays lacrosse at Ohio Valley University in West Virginia, she said. "I think they have a right to stay where they were born".

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