Friday, the Trump Administration announced that it was ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Hondurans.
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TPS holders protections will expire January 2020, which gives them 18 months to leave the country or be at risk of deportation. According to a statement, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen "carefully considered conditions on the ground" before reaching the decision.
Established by the U.S. Congress in 1990, temporary protected status (TPS) provides legal status to migrants from countries that have suffered natural disasters, protracted unrest, or conflict.
Essentially, Congress established a procedure by which the Attorney General may provide temporary protected status to immigrants in the United States who are temporarily unable to safely return to their home country due to ongoing armed conflict, an environmental disaster, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions.
By 2017, the TPS program covered people from the following countries: El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Liberia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
By November 2017, about 300,000 foreign nationals were recipients of protection under TPS.
Protection of 2,500 immigrants from Nicaragua under TPS will expire on January 5, 2019.
TPS for the largest group, 263,280 Salvadorans, and the second-largest group, 45,000 Haitians, will expire in 2019.
An extension to July 2018 was granted to 86,000 Hondurans, who have not been required to leave the United States since 1999.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GreatNews?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GreatNews</a>: The Trump administration says 50,000 Hondurans who have been allowed to overstay their welcome, will have leave our country within several months! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KAG2020?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#KAG2020</a> <a href="https://t.co/JCevDLsn55">https://t.co/JCevDLsn55</a></p>— GITMO 🇺🇸 (@President1Trump) <a href="https://twitter.com/President1Trump/status/992506702615498752?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 4, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Homeland Security- The decision to terminate TPS for Honduras was made following a review of the environmental disaster-related conditions with which the country’s original 1999 TPS designation was based and an assessment of whether those conditions continue to exist, as required by statute.
The living conditions in Honduras from Hurricane Mitch that served as the basis for its TPS designation has diminished to a degree that it should no longer be regarded as substantial. Thus, as required under the applicable statute, the current TPS designation must be terminated.
Since 1999, Honduras has made substantial progress in post-hurricane recovery and reconstruction from the 1998 Hurricane Mitch.
To allow for an orderly transition, the effective date of the termination of TPS will be delayed 18 months to provide time for individuals with TPS to arrange for their departure or to seek an alternative lawful immigration status in the United States, if eligible.
The 18-month delayed effective date will also provide time for Honduras to prepare for the return and reintegration of its citizens.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Trump ends protection for 57,000 Hondurans who have been on temporary protected status for 2 decades.<br><br>Temporary doesn’t mean permanent, it’s time for them to go back to their OWN country. This is not everybody’s country. Another promise kept by Donald Trump.<br><br>Time to go home.</p>— Mike (@mike_Zollo) <a href="https://twitter.com/mike_Zollo/status/992565758143188993?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 5, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
This should not come as a surprise. This was a “temporary” program that has been in effect since 1999. The country is safe for their return. Why wouldn’t they want to go home? All we hear every day from the liberals is how horrible the US is. Why would anyone want to stay? Perhaps because the US is the best place to live. It’s our Country and we need to ensure our people are taken care of first. America First!
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I agree. We spend a whole lot of money helping everyone else while our streets fill with ppl who cannot afford housing…even WITH an income. Families of ppl. It's disgusting!
Another enlightening article about how the Federal Govt. has been hosing the citizens of this country. Temporary does NOT mean permanent.
About Time We did something to Protect this Country from Illegal Aliens… Come into this Country Lawfully and you will be welcome!! If not, then get sent back at border!! Period!
Dems where there is confusion their is profit !invasion dems dream !americans have dreams to be #1 and safe shut down the boarder ?
POTUS has done the impossible–ending a government program. There will be push back but I hope this is the first of many, many programs sent to the waste basket!!
Thank God for President Trump. He seems to be the only one in Washington that understands that the United States tax payer cannot be responsible for everyone in the world. We have enough debt of our own. Great article Lexy