USA to end protected immigration status for Nicaraguans

Violet Powell
November 8, 2017

On Monday, the DHS' Duke said the administration needed more time to determine whether to renew the visa for Hondurans, saying it will extend the programme until July of next year.

Trump Administration Announces The End To Protected Status For Nicaraguans The Trump administration is ending Temporary Protected Status for thousands of Nicaraguans who were given safe haven following devastating natural disasters decades ago. Otherwise, they will become undocumented. While infrastructure may have been rebuilt after the destruction, the status has been reauthorized every 18 months ever since because of the violent conditions in both countries.

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke confirmed that the decision on Honduras is postponed in order to discuss circumstances particular to that country.

"Based on all available information, the country conditions in Nicaragua now exceed Hurricane Mitch", said a senior administration official.

She said the lives of thousands of Nicaraguan families who "help make the United States vibrant" would be disrupted and that both the USA and Nicaragua would be harmed.

According to one study, Haitians, Salvadorans and Hondurans comprise the three largest TPS holders and together have a total of 273,000 children who were born in the United States and have American citizenship.

The officials said the administration would support any effort by the U.S. Congress to find a more permanent solution for the Nicaraguans.

As it stands, TPS does not lead to a green card in the first place, but individuals who were covered under the program and meet the normal qualifications can apply to stay and work here permanently. Decisions on whether those TPS recipients will be extended are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. 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.

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Critics say "temporary" should mean "temporary". "We, the USA government, have created a situation where people have lived in this country a long time".

The elimination of the program won't be immediate as it will be extended until January 2019 to allow Nicaraguans to return to their countries.

"I'm not leaving. No matter what, I'm not leaving" said Osario, who has been in the US for 26 years, the last 19 as a TPS holder.

The decision to end the status for Nicaraguans could be seen as a move to fulfil Trump's vow to tighten restrictions on immigration.

"They have roots in this country". "That will send them underground, and make them subject to all sorts of abuses, but also without being able to contribute to the economy in the way they have been".

Although TPS is renewed on a regular basis, the administration's approach to restrict protections from deportations have made TPS-holders nervous said Portos.

"My kids deserve to live in their home country", said Osorio, who works at the Walt Disney resort in Orlando.

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