US ends protections for nearly 60000 Hondurans

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The Hondurans were granted temporary protected status (TPS) in 1999, shielding them from deportation, after Hurricane Mitch slammed their country and left 10,000 dead across Central America.

With 57,000, Hondurans made up the second-largest TPS group affected by Trump's crackdown on the program after 195,000 Salvadoran refugees who have been here since an natural disaster hit their country in 2001.

Termination of Hondurans' TPS shows the disregard to the rampant violence in the country that have led many to look for refuge in the US, fleeing threats of violence and death by drug cartels, mining companies, and the military.

According to the government's argument, the secretary of national security, Kirstjen Nielsen, "has cautiously considered" the current conditions of Honduras, determining that the country has recovered enough from the disaster caused by Hurricane Mitch in 1999, concluding that citizens would no longer need to stay in the United States.

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Canadian Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said Hondurans had until 2020 to decide what to do, meaning it was unlikely people would rush north. The original complaint challenged the Trump administration's decision to terminate a similar program protecting immigrants from Haiti and El Salvador.

Likewise, and according to the Washington Post, the government of Donald Trump would not be considering the current conditions of the country that "remains one of the most violent countries in the world, and has been involved in political instability since presidential elections past year whose legitimacy was rejected by the Organization of American States and other global observers". Last November, Honduran security forces shot and killed at least 16 people participating in a protest over the election, according to the United Nations. "They're not sending their finest", Trump said Friday. That could clog up an already overwhelmed immigration court system and many immigrants may qualify for green cards under a special program for those who have lived in the country a long time, he said.

The country's ambassador to the US, Marlon Tabora, said the country could not handle repatriating tens of thousands of people, Reuters news agency reports. Many say they are fleeing violence and political unrest at home and hope to claim asylum in USA immigration courts.

GONZALES: And that's what 55-year-old Orlando Lopez fears. His family overstayed their visas to continue his treatment, and later received TPS.

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If the Honduran designation is terminated, the Trump administration will have canceled protections for about 315,000 foreign citizens. The administration can only extend a TPS designation for 6 to 18 months at a time, meaning that people granted this status often live their lives on hold.

A DHS spokesperson told the Washington Examiner that Sec.

The program does not offer legal permanent residency or a path to citizenship, but many TPS immigrants have spent much of their life in the United States.

The Trump administration is now planning to resolve the permanently "temporary" situation by pulling the plug on the program for Hondurans.

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