Temporary Protected Status for Nicaraguan Immigrants to End in January 2019

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A plea against deportation

Citizens from El Salvador also received TPS status after two earthquakes in 2001 destroyed infrastructure in entire regions of the country.

But Trump officials deferred a decision for the much larger group of 57,000 Hondurans who have been living in the United States with the same designation, saying the Department of Homeland Security needed more time to consider their fate.

As it stands, TPS does not lead to a green card in the first place, but individuals who were covered under the program and meet the normal qualifications can apply to stay and work here permanently.

TPS was created by Congress in 1990 to avoid sending foreign nationals to countries too damaged or unstable to receive them because of natural disasters, armed conflict or health epidemics.

Per a statement, "Based on the lack of definitive information regarding conditions on the ground [in Honduras] compared to pre-Hurricane Mitch", the TPS protection has been extended for six months. "As a mother, I am concerned for my family's well-being", she said.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke "determined that those substantial but temporary conditions caused in Nicaragua by Hurricane Mitch no longer exist, and thus, under the applicable statute, the current TPS designation must be terminated", the statement said. The Post reports the decision was keenly observed by the roughly 200,000 Salvadorans (here following 2001 earthquakes) and 50,000 Haitians (2010 quake) whose own TPS designation expires in 2018; the latter group will learn their fate by November 23, reports Politico.

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McGrorty, executive director of Catholic Legal Services in the Archdiocese of Miami, said USA 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.

Many hope the Trump administration will decide against eliminating TPS. "They've been getting working and they have 275,000 citizen children". People may gain permanent residency if they have married someone with citizenship or if they are sponsored by their employer. "Those that entered without inspection, have no kids and didn't marry a USA citizen, and never travelled, would be left with absolutely no options if it is eliminated", said Portos.

Nicaragua made no such call to the USA government, according to the DHS statement.

Although TPS is renewed on a regular basis, the administration's approach to restrict protections from deportations have made TPS-holders nervous said Portos. "They are being subjected to possible deportations". "But it would be a huge injustice to take them back to our countries".

"I think they deserve to have some sense of belonging", he said.

Nidia Melissa Bautista is a journalist and graduate student at New York University.

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