More than 50000 Hondurans lose temporary protection status

More than 50000 Hondurans lose temporary protection status

The Trump administration is ending temporary protected status for Hondurans who have been allowed to live and work in the United States since 1999, following a hurricane that ravaged their country.

In the statement, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said the living conditions in Honduras are now at a point where that status isn't needed anymore.

TPS critics have complained that repeated extensions in six- to 18-month increments of the status, sometimes for decades, has given beneficiaries de facto residency in the United States.

The decision follows similar actions by the administration revoking deportation protections from several hundred thousand immigrants from other countries. Refugees from El Salvador, Haiti, Syria, Nepal, Nicaragua, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen have also benefited from this program.

The department said Hondurans with temporary protected status will need to re-register for the designation so they can work in the USA until the 2020 deadline. The think tank estimates $159.3 million would be lost in state GDP annually without these workers, according to data published by the organization in October 2017.

Under President Trump, DHS has been eliminating TPS programs one by one, arguing they were never created to grant long-term residency to foreigners who may have arrived illegally or overstayed their visas.

"One thing I can tell you is I am not going to Honduras", she said, noting that numerous asylum-seeking migrants in a caravan that recently reached the U.S. -Mexico border are from Honduras.

President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who continues to face protests over electoral fraud, said the decision was a "tough blow for Hondurans in U.S territory and all the people of Honduras".

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For his part, the Honduran ambassador to the United States, Marlon Tabora, said that "the conditions did not exist in the country to repatriate tens of thousands of people," according to Kelo.com. Last year, nearly 10,000 Haitians crossed the border illegally amid fears their United States temporary protected status might end.

IRC field offices across the United States have helped Hondurans and Salvadorans receive TPS and know how integral their contributions are to communities and the economy.

The Department of Homeland Security made the announcement Friday. In 2016, Honduras had one of the highest murder rates in the world with more than 5,000 murders, at a rate of 59 murders per 100,000 people.

At the time, the country was headed into a presidential election. A lot of them will nearly certainly end up staying in the US legally.

If the Honduran designation is terminated, the Trump administration will have canceled protections for about 315,000 foreign citizens.

President Donald Trump - who wants to curtail legal immigration and has been cracking down broadly on illegal immigration - and his supporters note that the protections were never meant to be permanent.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke delayed a TPS decision on Hondurans in November after she reportedly felt pressure by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to end the protections.

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