13th Nov 2017
Washington( CNN ) The Trump administration will end the protected in-migration status of thousands of Central Americans who have been living in the US practically two decades, advocating Congress to act if it wants to spare those individuals from being uprooted.
Department of Homeland Security acting Secretary Elaine Duke has decided to terminate Temporary Protected Status for Nicaragua with a 12 -month delay, government departments announced Monday evening. DHS just said Duke has not been able to reach a decision on Honduras despite different agencies’ input, triggering an automatic six-month expansion. At the end of that six-month window, the homeland security secretary will make a decision to terminate or further extend the status.
The Trump administration has signaled a desire to wind down increased protection of Temporary Protected Status, which is an migration status allowed by statute for certain countries experiencing dire preconditions, such as a natural disaster, epidemic or conflict. TPS shields men from deportation and authorizes them to work in the US. Without TPS, those individuals revert to whatever status they had previously — which could leave large numbers as undocumented immigrants .