Legislators Criticize the US Decision on Nicaraguan Immigrants

Around 86,000 Honduran immigrants may see their Temporary Protected Status terminated in 2018.   REUTERS  Lucas Jackson

Dr. Delgado made her statement after the announcement by the Department of Homeland Security that ended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 2,550 Nicaraguan immigrants and delays for six months a decision for 57,000 Honduran who came to the USA under the TPS program following natural disasters in their countries. Otherwise, they will become undocumented.

The program was extended to both countries after Hurricane Mitch hit Central America in 1998. It's typically renewed every 18 months.

"Congress must pass "The American Promise Act" to give permanent protections to thousands of Nicaraguans and other TPS holders who consider the USA their home". We demand that DHS reverse their decision and keep TPS for immigrants from other countries under threat.

Nicaraguans will now have until 5 January 2019 to legalise their status or leave, she said.

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A bill proposed last week by Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo and co-sponsored by other members of South Florida's congressional delegation would grant TPS recipients from Honduras, Haiti, El Salvador and Nicaragua a path to permanent residency.

On Tuesday a group that included immigration and legal advocates criticized the delay in extending TPS to approximately 60,000 Hondurans protected by the program, who will receive TPS until July 2018.

"We have had to renew our work permits constantly but it is different under this administration", she said. Only Congress can provide a permanent solution for individuals enrolled in TPS.

Trump officials are expected to issue decisions on the future of TPS for 50,000 Haitians in November and 200,000 Salvadorans in January.

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There is a push by some close to Trump to get at least another six-month extension for Haitians.

Critics say "temporary" should mean "temporary". "We, the USA government, have created a situation where people have lived in this country a long time". Haiti received its initial TPS designation in 2010 after an quake left 1.5 million people homeless and injured 300,000 people. Under advanced parole, TPS holders that entered the country unlawfully but married US citizens can go overseas and return to the country and be inspected by immigration officials and gain the option to adjust their status.

A temporary residency permit program has aided 5,000 citizens from Nicaragua who have lived in the United States for nearly two decades. "But it would be a huge injustice to take them back to our countries". "That will send them underground, and make them subject to all sorts of abuses, but also without being able to contribute to the economy in the way they have been". Roughly 250,000 USA citizens are the offspring of TPS beneficiaries, so the announcement would likely force many families to make the hard decision of having to take their children with them.

"My kids deserve to live in their home country", said Osorio, who works at the Walt Disney resort in Orlando. "As a mother, I am concerned for my family's well-being".

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