The TPS program was created by Congress in 1990 to offer refuge to immigrants from 10 countries racked by violence, natural disasters, or "other extraordinary and temporary conditions" making it hard for people to return. Over the a year ago, the Trump administration has revoked the status for Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Sudan and Nepal.
The Trump Administration has announced the end of TPS for Hondurans.
Immigrant advocates said the decisions on TPS are upending the lives of people who have settled in the United States, sometimes for decades. "Thus, as required under the applicable statute, the current TPS designation must be terminated".
"Since 1999, conditions in Honduras that resulted from the hurricane have notably improved".
"The Secretary determined that the disruption of living conditions in Honduras from Hurricane Mitch that served as the basis for its TPS designation has decreased to a degree that it should no longer be regarded as substantial", the DHS statement read.
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"There is no way I will go back", Connor said. The Central American countries have had their temporary protected status extended by previous administrations continuously since the 1990s and early 2000s. Those with it have generally been able to work and with permission, travel outside the USA and return.
The recent decisions to end the TPS program for these countries has been heavily criticized by some. It has ended protections for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan and ended similar protections under the President's authority for Liberians.
The DHS decision contemplates a period of 12 to 18 months for the citizens involved to settle their affairs in the United States and return voluntarily to Honduras because after the lapse they will be at risk of deportation. Several groups are suing to stay in the U.S. Decisions are upcoming for South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen, which cover fewer than 1,700 people.
Many families, including children who are US citizens, could risk threats, kidnapping, gender-based violence or even death if sent to Honduras. That could clog up an already overwhelmed immigration court system and many immigrants may qualify for green cards under a special program for those who have lived in the country a long time, he said. El Salvador has the second highest.
DHS typically terminates TPS for a country with an effective date in the future so people can get their affairs in order. She said groups like hers have heard that before. And for many more, the choice is a critical blow to their livelihoods as Honduran remittances are an important source of incomes families in Honduras. He says, I will have to leave that in God's hands.
"It makes the situation in Honduras and Central America worse and will assuredly come back to haunt us in time", Appleby said. "This is very hard".