Published: Wed, November 08, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump Actions on Protected Status Prompt Outcry from Latino Lawmakers, Advocates

Trump Actions on Protected Status Prompt Outcry from Latino Lawmakers, Advocates

In a statement issued Monday night, the Department of Homeland Security said that Nicaraguans with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) have until January 5, 2019 in order to return home or seek a permanent immigration status. "President Trump vowed to end the flagrant abuses of our immigration system".

The status had been granted to some Nicaraguans who had fled their homeland after the devastation caused by Hurricane Mitch in 1998.

It has been repeatedly renewed since.

In September, Salvador Sánchez Cerén, the president of El Salvador spoke to the United Nations General Assembly and asked that the U.S. extend TPS to the 195,000 Salvadorans already living in the country. More disturbingly, Duke torpedoed the entire concept of offering temporary protection to people whose homelands have been affected by some unforeseen event. The renewals are a source of some controversy in the U.S. Some critics feel the benefits have basically become permanent, because some nationals from Honduras and Nicaragua have held the status for as long as 20 years. The provisional immigration program has granted work authorization to recipients, allowing them to stay in the United States legally for decades.

Immigration groups and advocated have called on acting DHS secretary, Elaine Duke, not to end TPS, citing consequences immigrants may face in their home countries. TPS for Haitians expires January 22, 2018, and for Salvadorans, March 9, 2018.

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Nicaraguans will now have until 5 January 2019 to legalise their status or leave, she said.

"Every 16 hours there is a woman killed in Honduras", said Oscar Chacón from the Alianza Américas, stating the country remains one of the most unsafe places in the world.

But the Department of Homeland Security already warned in its statement that a termination of the programme was "possible". In data shared with ThinkProgress, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency puts those numbers closer to 86,163 recipients for Honduras and 5,349 recipients for Nicaragua as of the end of calendar year 2016. Nearly 200,000 Salvadorans can lose TPS status as compared to the 30,000 Salvadorans who have DACA, according to figures on the Department of Homeland Security's website.

Immigration officials regularly decide whether to renew the programme every six to 18 months for each country.

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. "They are the fabric of our communities, and our economies and our industries", said Maria Rodriguez of the Florida Immigrant Coalition.

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