United States sets end for temporary residency program for Nicaraguans

  • United States sets end for temporary residency program for Nicaraguans

United States sets end for temporary residency program for Nicaraguans

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.

TPS for about 86,000 Hondurans was also set to expire January 5, but officials said they haven't made a decision on Honduras yet.

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The presidents of both Honduras and El Salvador have urged the Trump administration to extend the program, citing the contributions that TPS holders make to their economies by sending money home and the destabilizing effects of thousands of people returning. A decision on Haiti and El Salvador is due later this month.

Belinda Osario, a native of Honduras who works as a housekeeper at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, told reporters that living her life in six-month increments waiting for a decision on TPS was "like a torture".

According to one study, Haitians, Salvadorans and Hondurans comprise the three largest TPS holders and together have a total of 273,000 children who were born in the U.S. and have American citizenship.

The DHS has given the Nicaraguan migrants 14 months to leave the US or change their immigration status. In data shared with ThinkProgress, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency puts those numbers closer to 86,163 recipients for Honduras and 5,349 recipients for Nicaragua as of the end of calendar year 2016. "People have been here for 25 years", Shannon said, "and for 25 years they have been working with a legal temporary visa".

Proponents of TPS for people from Central America and Haiti argue that ending the designation for those countries is counterproductive and could also drive more illegal immigration.

After the termination of the TPS designation, individuals will revert back to whatever legal status they had before they received TPS, senior administration officials said on a background call Monday night.

Tillerson's recommendations, which were not made public according to the Washington Post, could adversely impact not just TPS recipients, but their family members.

There are bipartisan legislative options now before Congress to protect TPS families.

"We do hope and encourage Congress to look at this and find a solution", rather than have the executive sign extensions every 18 months, as has been the case for over 20 years, a DHS official said.

"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 risky places in the world.

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

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

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.