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United States to end protection status for Nicaraguan in 2019

08 November, 2017, 09:35 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Around 86,000 Honduran immigrants may see their Temporary Protected Status terminated in 2018.   REUTERS  Lucas Jackson

Nicaragua made no such call to the USA government, according to the DHS statement.

The Trump administration on Monday said it is terminating temporary special deportation protections for thousands of Nicaraguans affected by a 1998 hurricane that devastated the Central American country. Trump's cruel decision also underscores the fight to pass the American Promise Act, introduced by Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY).

Gladys Nunez, from Honduras, has had TPS for many years. Many El Salvadorans are also covered under a 1991 TPS designation the was granted during that country's civil war.

The decision was likely to displease immigration hard-liners who have urged the administration to end the TPS program on the grounds that it was never meant to bestow long-term residency to those who may have entered the country illegally.

BuzzFeed News previously reported that years after the United States designated El Salvador and Honduras for TPS, only residual effects of the natural disasters exist, but they have been compounded by unemployment and gang violence.

But critics say the programme, which was created to offer temporary protection in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, has become a permanent fixture and allowed some immigrants to stay for nearly two decades by renewing their visas time and time again. "If Congress doesn't act, they will be complicit in the morally repulsive mass expulsion of American families who have lived in this country for almost two decades". The decision came from Department of Homeland Security acting secretary Elaine Duke, who the Washington Post reports found the bleak situation wrought by Hurricane Mitch wasn't a factor in Nicaragua anymore.

But supporters of the program say Nicaraguan TPS holders have deep roots in the community and have been in the country for decades.

According to Monday's announcement, Nicaraguans will have until January 5, 2019, to leave the United States or change their residency status.

However, the Trump administration said it needs more time to decide the fate of another 57,000 migrants from Honduras, another 200,000 Salvadorians, and another 50,000 Haitians.

Osario added that should would resist returning to her homeland because she had made a life with her family in the U.S. She said she did not want her 14-year-old son to be subject to gang recruitment and threats of violence if he were suddenly forced to live in a country that would be foreign to him. Immigrants from El Salvador make up the largest number of TPS recipients at 195,000.

McGrorty, executive director of Catholic Legal Services in the Archdiocese of Miami, said USA law is meant to be implemented "with a certain degree of kindness and compassion", and that sending people to countries that are ill-prepared to welcome them would do far more harm than good. "They have children here, and mortgages here", she said. "Those that entered without inspection, have no kids and didn't marry a US citizen, and never travelled, would be left with absolutely no options if it is eliminated", said Portos. It authorizes employment and protection from deportation for about 320,000 people from 10 countries.

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