Trump Actions on Protected Status Prompt Outcry from Latino Lawmakers, Advocates

María Ulloa Funes an immigrant from Honduras who

The Trump administration eliminated temporary legal residency and deportation relief for thousands of immigrants from Nicaragua.

The Trump administration will end a temporary program that allows some Nicaraguans to live and work in the United States, while leaving the door open to canceling the same program for more than 200,000 Haitians and Salvadorans in the coming weeks.

Immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) are allowed to live and work in the USA if it is determined that they are unable to safely return to their home country because of an environmental disaster, armed conflict, or other extraordinary conditions. "Those that entered without inspection, have no kids and didn't marry a USA citizen, and never travelled, would be left with absolutely no options if it is eliminated", said Portos.

"My kids deserve to live in their home country", said Osorio, who works at the Walt Disney resort in Orlando.

TPS is a provision in the Immigration Act of 1990 that gives worker visas to immigrants from 10 countries experiencing ongoing armed conflict and environmental disaster. The Miami Herald frames the renewals as being a longstanding "source of controversy" as the repeated 18-month renewals have allowed many to "temporarily" be here for as long as 20 years.

According to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Elaine Duke, that initiative, created to favor immigrants after the devastating hurricane Mitch in 1998, is no longer necessary.

Per a statement, "Based on the lack of definitive information regarding conditions on the ground [in Honduras] compared to pre-Hurricane Mitch", the TPS protection has been extended for six months.

On Monday, DHS determined that Nicaraguan TPS holders can now return home and said that the Nicaraguan government will adequately handle their return. But it's unclear if that will happen, given the strong desire by some in the Department of Homeland Security and the White House to terminate the program.

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The government will review this program for Hondurans again in July 2018.

Last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wrote a letter to Duke stating he would like to end the provisional immigration program, citing improved conditions in Central America and Haiti. "That is for Congress to ensure that TPS is not "inherently" a temporary program, but is actually temporary, as the T in its name indicates", responded Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration (FAIR).

The largest group of TPS recipients are from El Salvador, The Washington Post has reported.

While spared on Monday, Honduran TPS recipients say the extension just draws out the fear that their permits will not be renewed.

"It is also important to remember that many people who have been granted TPS were in this country illegally at the time of the triggering events, and never had any intention of returning home", continued Stein.

"I'm not here to be a delinquent, to be a problem to this country", Florida resident and TPS holder Yolnick Jeune previously told ThinkProgress, explaining that after she arrived in the United States, she learned English so that she would assimilate as quickly as possible. For more information, visit http://www.healthyamericas.org or call the Alliance's Su Familia National Hispanic Family Health Helpline at 1-866-783-2645.

"Although they were born here, we want to keep our children with us", she said.

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