Thousands of Nicaraguans in the US Just Got Bad News

A plea against deportation

In September, Salvador Sánchez Cerén, the president of El Salvador spoke to the United Nations General Assembly and asked that the USA extend TPS to the 195,000 Salvadorans already living in the country. DHS can renew the program for up to 18 months at a time. Their protection was set to expire January 5.

TPS is a form of temporary legal residency established in the Immigration Act of 1990 that provides worker visas to more than 300,00 immigrants from 10 countries experiencing ongoing armed conflict, environmental disaster or other circumstances that make it potentially unsafe for them to return to home.

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

"I am deeply pained by and strongly disagree with the decision to phase out the Temporary Protected Status for Nicaraguan nationals living in the United States", said Díaz-Balart.

TPS provides temporary legal status in the United States to citizens of other countries where natural disasters or civil wars have made it too risky for them to return.

DHS has called on Congress to enact a permanent solution to resolve the seemingly imminent elimination of TPS in the memo and give options to the thousands of immigrations that are losing or may eventually lose these protections.




Gladys Nunez, from Honduras, has had TPS for many years.

The Washington Post reported Friday that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson paved the way for TPS to be withdrawn for Central Americans and Haitians by sending a letter to DHS stating that conditions in those countries had improved to the point that people no longer needed protection.

Duke postponed a final decision in the case of Honduras, automatically extending the current temporary permits for Hondurans in the USA for six months, until July 5. Haiti received its initial TPS designation in 2010 after an quake left 1.5 million people homeless and injured 300,000 people.

But the bigger impact will come when the administration makes a final decision on Salvadorans and Haitians' status. "They are the fabric of our communities, and our economies and our industries", said Maria Rodriguez of the Florida Immigrant Coalition.

"While it is clear that TPS protection was meant to provide refuge for people of color in Honduras, Nicaragua and Haiti, their homelands have yet to reach a place of safety or economic prosperity which would make their return feasible", Eddie Carmona, director of PICO National Network's LA RED immigrant justice campaign, said in a statement. "We, the USA government, have created a situation where people have lived in this country a long time".

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

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