Published: Mon, May 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Honduras Regrets US Move to End Temporary Protected Status

Honduras Regrets US Move to End Temporary Protected Status

Catholic leaders were angered and disappointed by the Trump administration's May 4 decision to end Temporary Protected Status, popularly known as TPS, to more than 57,000 Hondurans living in the United States. In her statement, Secretary Nielsen said that conditions in that country had notably improved and there's been a substantial post-hurricane recovery.

As CNN reports, the decision to revoke TPS for Hondurans "brings the total number of immigrants for whom the administration has chose to end temporary protected status in the previous year to more than 425,000, many who have lived in the United States legally for decades, according to numbers from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services". The government of Honduras said that it profoundly regrets the end of the program, which has helped thousands of people for almost 20 years. Refugees from El Salvador, Haiti, Syria, Nepal, Nicaragua, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen have also benefited from this program.

Termination of Hondurans' TPS shows the disregard to the rampant violence in the country that have led many to look for refuge in the USA, fleeing threats of violence and death by drug cartels, mining companies, and the military. The think tank estimates $159.3 million would be lost in state GDP annually without these workers, according to data published by the organization in October 2017. He says TPS was never meant to be permanent. The Central American nation has one of the highest homicide rates in the world.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security faces a Friday deadline to renew the Hondurans' temporary protected status. Officials there are expected to say conditions in Honduras have improved enough for people to return, though some have lived in the United States for two decades.

Around 437,000 immigrants from 10 countries affected by extreme violence or disasters have temporary protected status. The designation ends January 5, 2020.

This type of decisions by the DHS, in addition to having serious humanitarian implications, will only aggravate the circumstance in the region, whose geographical proximity to the United States will make it a bigger problem in the long term.

The Department of Homeland Security made the announcement Friday.

The Trump administration hinted for months that TPS for Hondurans would end. "It unmasked the reality of the country ― our institutions are broken and the president, because of the elections, has no legitimacy".

Many of the Central Americans apprehended at the border, including families and children, are seeking asylum or other relief in the U.S. The Trump administration is seeking powers from Congress to restrict access to asylum. More than 53,000 US -born children have at least one parent who is a Honduran TPS beneficiary.

If the Honduran designation is terminated, the Trump administration will have canceled protections for about 315,000 foreign citizens.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke delayed a TPS decision on Hondurans in November after she reportedly felt pressure by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to end the protections.

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