Trump administration to end TPS for Nicaraguans. No decision on Haitians, Salvadorans

Trump administration to end TPS for Nicaraguans. No decision on Haitians, Salvadorans

Democratic legislators criticized the decision of the USA government to cancel the Temporary Protection Status (TPS) on 5 January for some 5,530 Nicaraguans living in this country.

The decision to end the status for Nicaraguans could be seen as a move to fulfil Trump's vow to tighten restrictions on immigration.

For the 2,500 Nicaraguan immigrants now protected by TPS, this move will be dire as these people have built lives in the United States and their native country has a great deal of instability.

It has been repeatedly renewed since.

These groups are also in the country under the TPS program.

For Rosa Cecilia Martínez, originally from El Congo, El Salvador, the elimination of the Temporary Protection Status (TPS) program would be devastating.

Guisell Martinez Flores, a TPS holder from Honduras who has worked as a janitor in Los Angeles, California for more than 18 years, said the announcement does not constitute good news.

Elaine Duke said the country's TPS designation would therefore have to be terminated. Their protection was set to expire January 5.

"I am deeply pained by and strongly disagree with the decision to phase out the Temporary Protected Status for Nicaraguan nationals living in the United States", said Díaz-Balart.

Many hope the Trump administration will decide against eliminating TPS.

Given that numerous TPS recipients have been in this country for decades, administration officials said the White House would look to Congress to offer a permanent solution for TPS holders.

Countries like Honduras and El Salvador have previously asked the Trump administration to extend the special protected status to its citizens.

But the Department of Homeland Security already warned in its statement that a termination of the programme was "possible".

The decision affects about 2,500 Nicaraguans, many of whom have lived in the United States for almost two decades, raising US-born children.

By 23 November, the Department of Homeland Security will have to make a decision on whether to extend protective status for 46,000 Haitian immigrants granted TPS after the 2010 natural disaster.

The Trump administration is expected to make similar announcements for 50,000 Haitian TPS recipients by November 23, 2017 and 195,000 Salvadoran TPS recipients by January 8, 2018. 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. Only Congress can provide a permanent solution for individuals enrolled in TPS. As a mother of a 17-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter, she said she would be forced to leave and take her two children with her. But while the country continues to suffer from extreme poverty, Kelly told members of Congress this summer that conditions for which TPS was granted have largely been resolved.

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