Trump administration to end TPS for Nicaraguans. No decision on Haitians, Salvadorans

Nicaraguan Immigrants To Lose Temporary Protected Status In The US

Children hold posters asking the U.S. Federal Government to renew Temporary Protected Status during a press conference about TPS for people from Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador.

Homeland Security officials also announced that Honduras will get a six-month TPS extension, until July 2018, after the program was set to expire in January.

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will end for 2,500 Nicaraguans who had been living in the USA under the program, and will have 14 months to leave the country, the Washington Post reported Monday.

The migrants were initially granted protected status in the U.S. after Hurricane Mitch slammed Central America in 1998, with renewals granted following other natural disasters. While it was due to expire in January 2018, she said it would be delayed by one year "to allow for an orderly transition".

Trump officials are expected to issue decisions on the future of TPS for 50,000 Haitians in November and 200,000 Salvadorans in January. Haiti received its initial TPS designation in 2010 after an quake left 1.5 million people homeless and injured 300,000 people.

But critics say the programme, which was created to offer temporary protection in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, has become a permanent fixture and allowed some immigrants to stay for nearly two decades by renewing their visas time and time again. Roughly 250,000 US citizens are the offspring of TPS beneficiaries, so the announcement would likely force many families to make the hard decision of having to take their children with them.

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 USA citizenship.

Since the 1990s, the DHS has granted TPS designation to individuals from 10 countries fleeing violence, natural disasters, or conditions that prevent them from being able to go back to their home countries.

Martínez is a member of a national alliance of organizations that has advocated for the renewal of TPS for all participating countries. At tomorrow's confirmation hearing, Senators will have an opportunity to seek clarity from Nielsen about the direction the department will take on TPS and other immigration matters. Otherwise, they will become undocumented.

Last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wrote a letter to Duke stating he would like to end the provisional immigration program, citing improved conditions in Central America and Haiti.

In May, TPS for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone expired. "They have children here, and mortgages here", she said. "This is yet another attempt by the Trump administration to dehumanize immigrants and communities of color, particularly when they are in their greatest need". "We, the USA government, have created a situation where people have lived in this country a long time".

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