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As Protected Status Ends, Hundreds of Thousands of Immigrants Risk Deportation to Central America and the Caribbean

ISSN:1089-1560
LADB Article ID: 80463
Category/Department: Region
Date: 2017-11-30
By: George Rodríguez

First, it was Haitians, followed by Nicaraguans, with Hondurans and Salvadorans on a waiting list: The Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which for years allowed hundreds of thousands of immigrants to stay in the US, is quickly being dismantled by the Trump administration. TPS was originally granted to Haitian nationals in 2011, after the earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince in January 2010. About 60,000 persons have remained in the US under that status, which was routinely extended for successive 18- to 24-month periods. But on Nov. 20, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said it was issuing a final, 18-month extension, and that TPS for Haitians would end in July 2019. In a press release, On Nov. 6, DHS served notice to the approximately 5,300 Nicaraguans under TPS that the final expiration date for their status would be Jan. 5, 2019. As a reason for this decision, DHS said that the Nicaraguan government had not requested an extensión. DHS said at the time that it was preparing to announce a decision regarding the approximately 263,000 Salvadorans and 86,000 Hondurans under TPS, whose respective deadlines are March and July 2018.

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