March 20, 2018

Trump admin. ending protective immigration status for Nicaraguans, delays decision for Hondurans

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TPS for Nicaraguans will terminate on January 5, 2019. 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.

Democratic legislators criticized the decision of the U.S. government to cancel the Temporary Protection Status (TPS) on 5 January for some 5,530 Nicaraguans living in this country.

Martínez is a member of a national alliance of organizations that has advocated for the renewal of TPS for all participating countries.

"An elimination would mean uncertainty. As a mother, I am concerned for my family's well-being", she said. Washington D.C. think tank the Center for Immigration Studies wants more restrictions on immigration. "As a mother, I am concerned for my family's well-being". Immigrants from El Salvador make up the largest number of TPS recipients at 195,000.

A supporter amongst a coalition of community leaders and immigrant advocates demonstrate outside USA immigration offices, calling on federal authorities to designate Ecuador for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for its nationals in the aftermath of last April's 7.8 magnitude quake, Wednesday June 1, 2016, in NY.

Temporary Protected Status is a special immigration status for people from a foreign country where the USA determines that conditions in that home country prevent those people from returning safely or where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately. In the case of El Salvador, the USA government granted people protections after an natural disaster killed almost 8,000 people in 2001.

He called on policymakers in Congress and the administration of President Donald Trump to recognize that Nicaraguans, Hondurans and other TPS holders are vibrant members of their parishes, neighborhoods and workplaces. "They are the fabric of our communities, and our economies and our industries", said Maria Rodriguez of the Florida Immigrant Coalition.

As ThinkProgress previously reported, some Haitian parents are weighing the costs of leaving their children here in the United States if they have to return.

Given that numerous TPS recipients have been in this country for decades, administration officials said the White House would look to Congress to offer a permanent solution for TPS holders. "And in fact by not renewing the Temporary Protected Status. they have actually made matters worse", Rodriguez said. People may gain permanent residency if they have married someone with citizenship or if they are sponsored by their employer. They also made clear that the DHS would not specifically target TPS holders who become undocumented once their status expires, but that they would still "prioritize criminal aliens".

Unfortunately, not all TPS holders fall under this category.

Other presidential administrations have both ended and renewed TPS without much controversy, as Daily Kos' Gabe Ortiz pointed out.

"The only rationale for something like this is if people can't be sent back physically", the Center's Mark Krikorian said.

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