Tens Of Thousands Of Hondurans Living In US Lose Protected Status



WASHINGTON ― An estimated 57,000 Hondurans who have lived in the US for years must either leave or face deportation, the Trump administration announced on Friday in its latest move to strip immigrants of temporary legal protections.

Those affected by the decision have been protected from deportation by what's known as temporary protected status, which allows immigrants to stay in the USA after their countries are hit by an environmental disaster, epidemic, ongoing armed conflict or other extraordinary conditions.

M - The Trump administration has announced the end of temporary protections for thousands of Honduran immigrants, BBC reports.

The Trump administration hinted for months that TPS for Hondurans would end.

Immigrant advocates said the decisions on TPS are upending the lives of people who have settled in the United States, sometimes for decades.

Within the past six months, the Department of Homeland's Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen ended TPS programs for more than 50,000 Haitians, 9,000 Nepalis, and almost more than 200,000 Salvadorans.

The Department of Homeland Security said that the conditions in the country had improved since the natural disaster.

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen said in a press release that to allow for an "orderly transition" the department has delayed the effective date of the termination by 18 months.

Hondurans were granted this status after Hurricane Mitch hit the Central American country in 1998. More than 53,000 US -born children have at least one parent who is a Honduran TPS beneficiary.

The announcement means that more than 50,000 people could leave the US. Honduras remains one of the most violent countries in the world and has been roiled by political instability since presidential elections a year ago whose legitimacy was rejected by the Organization of American States and other worldwide observers. "They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people", he said at the time. He says he doesn't know whether he'll go back or try to remain here illegally.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security faces a Friday deadline to renew the Hondurans' temporary protected status. Several groups are suing to stay in the U.S.

Honduran officials had urged the US government not to end TPS. Decisions are upcoming for South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen, which cover fewer than 1,700 people.

At the time, the country was headed into a presidential election.

In early January, it was announced that the TPS program for Salvadorans would also end. It's estimated that about 150,000 people were covered at that time.

Most of the other countries that have come up for TPS review have been terminated except for Syria, which is in the midst of a devastating war. She said groups like hers have heard that before.

In the same way, numerous families that remain in Honduras manage to survive thanks to the remittances sent from the United States by their relatives, explains The Guardian. He says, I will have to leave that in God's hands.

"There have not been concrete improvements in the security situation", Valladares said. "This is very hard".

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