DHS ends protected immigration status for Nicaraguans; Hondurans get extension

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She said the lives of thousands of Nicaraguan families who "help make the United States vibrant" would be disrupted and that both the US and Nicaragua would be harmed. The U.S. gave TPS to Nicaragua and Honduras in 1999 following Hurricane Mitch and to El Salvador in 2001 after a series of destructive earthquakes. Trump's cruel decision also underscores the fight to pass the American Promise Act, introduced by Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY).

The decision affects about 2,500 Nicaraguans, many of whom have lived in the United States for almost two decades, raising US-born children. The administration has also canceled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and sharply cut the number of refugees eligible for resettlement in the United States, amid other efforts to limit immigration. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke said additional information was needed before deciding whether to revoke or extend TPS for an estimated 57,000 Hondurans, which is now set to expire July 5, 2018.

BuzzFeed News previously reported that years after the USA 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.

Immigration authorities say the TPS program was designed as a temporary humanitarian response to crises in Central America and Haiti, and it was never meant to be a path to permanent residency or US citizenship.

The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday to end Temporay Protection Status for Nicaraguans.

TPS for Nicaraguans will end on January 5, 2019, and Hondurans have received a grace period until July 5 of next year.

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Thrasher has also banned alcohol at all registered student organization events during the indefinite suspension. They also cannot have any organized participation in homecoming activities, which are scheduled for next week.

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 USA with a form of temporary immigration status.

Latino advocates and legislators from both parties criticized the Trump administration's announcement that it would terminate a program that allows about 3,000 Nicaraguans to stay and work in the US legally as well as delay the decision on whether to extend the program to recipients from Honduras.

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.

Critics say "temporary" should mean "temporary".

"I'm not leaving. No matter what, I'm not leaving" said Osario, who has been in the USA for 26 years, the last 19 as a TPS holder. He plays lacrosse at Ohio Valley University in West Virginia, she said. "But it would be a huge injustice to take them back to our countries". It authorizes employment and protection from deportation for about 320,000 people from 10 countries.

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