April 24, 2018

United States to end protected immigration status for Nicaraguans

08 November 2017, 12:36 | Simon Arnold

A plea against deportation

María Ulloa Funes an immigrant from Honduras who

The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday it would revoke the Temporary Protected Status of some 5,200 Nicaraguans living in the USA after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recommended booting Nicaragua from the program last week.

Royce Murray, policy director at the American Immigration Council, said that Duke's decision indicates that the administration is "struggling with the seriousness of the conditions and complicated situation" in Central America's so-called Northern Triangle, which includes Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

Audio will be available later today.

Today was the deadline for the administration to decide the fate of those Nicaraguans and some 57,000 Hondurans - but that second group will have to wait to see their future decided.

For Martínez, the elimination of TPS would mean having to forcefully return to El Salvador.

The White House also delayed a decision on TPS for Honduran immigrants, in a move that could seriously impact the lives of tens of thousands of people.

"I'm not leaving. No matter what, I'm not leaving" said Osario, who has been in the US for 26 years, the last 19 as a TPS holder.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is nearing a decision on the plans for TPS recipients.

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. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said last week that the conditions in Central America and Haiti no longer justify the need for protections under TPS.

McGrorty, executive director of Catholic Legal Services in the Archdiocese of Miami, said US law is meant to be implemented "with a certain degree of kindness and compassion", and that sending people to countries that are ill-prepared to welcome them would do far more harm than good. "And in fact by not renewing the Temporary Protected Status. they have actually made matters worse", Rodriguez said.

She said the lives of thousands of Nicaraguan families who "help make the United States vibrant" would be disrupted and that both the US and Nicaragua would be harmed.

"We do hope and encourage Congress to look at this and find a solution", the official added.

"I have never been so uneasy as I am now", Flores told Al Jazeera.

"When this administration came into office they came wanting to address the issue of the undocumented immigrants".

Congressional members, including Republican lawmakers, also called on the Trump administration to continue TPS.

"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.

Belinda Osorio, a Honduran-American who lives and works in Florida and has been in the USA for decades through TPS, told reporters at a conference call on Tuesday that she would not put her 14-year-old son in danger by going back to Honduras, regardless of the administration's eventual decision.

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