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TPS Ends for Nicaraguans

It was announced today that the Trump administration is ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nicaraguans. A statement from Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced her decision to terminate TPS designation for Nicaragua. The date of termination is January 5, 2019 “to allow for an orderly transition before the designation terminates.”

TPS allows people to remain in the U.S. under a humanitarian program for citizens of countries that are war ravaged or plagued by natural disasters.

According to Duke’s statement, TPS designation was granted to Nicaragua in 1999 following Hurricane Mitch. Based on the available information, the temporary conditions that brought about the TPS for Nicaragua no longer exist.

Duke’s statement noted she has not made a determination on Honduras as further information is needed. TPS designation for Honduras will be extended from January 5, 2018 to July 5, 2018. It is possible TPS designation for Honduras will be terminated in 2018. 

Citizens of El Salvador and Haiti currently residing in the U.S. under TPS were not mentioned in Duke’s statement. At present, their TPS status is due to end in early 2018. Department of Homeland Security has until Thanksgiving Day to announce a decision for Haitians, who were granted TPS following the 2010 earthquake.

The Washington Post reported there has been an outcry against the decision by Democrat legislators. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was quoted as calling the decision, “a cowardly assault on thousands of families in communities across the nation.”