Homeland Security to end protected status for Hondurans

Monday, 07 May, 2018

The Trump administration has made a decision to end a temporary program that allows 57,000 Hondurans to live and work in the United States, three people familiar with the plans told McClatchy.

The Hondurans were granted temporary protected status (TPS) in 1999, shielding them from deportation, after Hurricane Mitch slammed their country and left 10,000 dead across Central America.

In her statement, Nielsen argued "the disruption of living conditions in Honduras from Hurricane Mitch that served as the basis for its TPS designation has decreased to the degree that it should no longer be regarded as substantial".

Additionally, Honduran TPS holders will have to make an impossible decision of whether or not to separate from their more than 53,500 US -citizen children or bring them to a country they've never known where they would face increased risk of violence.

In the almost 20 years that they've been in this country, the Honduran refugees have had roughly 53,500 children - almost doubling their number and further complicating the logistics of their deportation.

The Trump administration has ended temporary immigration protection for more than 400,000 migrants in the a year ago.

"These families have lived in the United States for 20 years and re-integrating them into the country will not be easy if they decide to return", he said.

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Hernández, a key USA ally in the region, received critical support from the Trump administration as other worldwide actors raised doubts over the validity of his reelection.

The Trump administration's determination to convince Congress to seriously restrict legal immigration is well-known, as is its desire to rein in protections for undocumented immigrants and ramp up deportations.

Previous Democratic and Republican administrations had more or less automatically issued 18-month renewals for TPS - the maximum statutory limit - especially for Latin American countries in the program. This weekend was the deadline for Honduras, according to CNN.

Extension of the temporary protected status program is required every few years. The U.S. knows the efforts we've made. It also follows the abrupt end of the Central American Minors program, which resulted in 3,800 children having their cases administratively closed without their claims for protection heard and without a safe alternative pathway to reunite with their parents lawfully in the US. Smaller groups from Haiti (45,000 people) and Nicaragua (2,500) also lose TPS status next year.

The program is still active for those from Syria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen.

"People don't want to go back to being undocumented but I don't think you are going to see a ton of people returning to their countries of origin", he said. El Salvador has the second highest. That could clog up an already overwhelmed immigration court system and many immigrants may qualify for green cards under a special program for those who have lived in the country a long time, he said. There will no doubt be many asylum requests as well as requests for permanent refugee status. She financially supports her husband and adult children in Nepal, which she says still hasn't recovered from the quake. "They're not sending their finest", Trump said Friday.