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US Ends Temporary Residency Permit Program for Nicaragua

US Ends Temporary Residency Permit Program for Nicaragua

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will end for 2,500 Nicaraguans who had been living in the USA under the program, and will have 14 months to leave the country, the Washington Post reported Monday.

The migrants were previously allowed to stay in the US under Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, after hurricane Mitch hit Central America back in 1998.

Duke also announced the automatic extension for six months of TPS for Hondurans, explaining that further study was needed on conditions in the northern Central American country.

"They have roots in this country".

"I am deeply pained by and strongly disagree with the decision to phase out the Temporary Protected Status for Nicaraguan nationals living in the United States", said Díaz-Balart.

The irresponsible decision to end the TPS for Nicaraguans will tear families apart and disrupt the lives of these working individuals, the president of the Congress Hispanic Legislative Group, Michelle Lujan said on the measure announced yesterday.

Critics have complained the TPS program allows participants to repeatedly extend their stays in 6-month to 18-month increments in case of a natural disaster, civil strife or other emergencies in their homelands.

Supporters of TPS slammed the administration's decisions.

But the protected status of almost 57,000 Hondurans, many of whom have also lived in the USA for decades, was also threatened by Duke's announcement. "That's unfair", she said of Homeland Security officials. Under advanced parole, TPS holders that entered the country unlawfully but married USA citizens can go overseas and return to the country and be inspected by immigration officials and gain the option to adjust their status. "Your typical TPS recipient will not fall into those priorities".

TPS was established by Congress through the Immigration Act of 1990.

As ThinkProgress previously reported, some Haitian parents are weighing the costs of leaving their children here in the United States if they have to return. If they don't comply, they will be considered undocumented migrants and could face deportation.

"I have never been so uneasy as I am now", Flores told Al Jazeera.

Belinda Osorio, a Honduran-American who lives and works in Florida and has been in the US for decades through TPS, told reporters at a conference call on Tuesday that she would not put her 14-year-old son in danger by going back to Honduras, regardless of the administration's eventual decision.

"While it is clear that TPS protection was meant to provide refuge for people of color in Honduras, Nicaragua and Haiti, their homelands have yet to reach a place of safety or economic prosperity which would make their return feasible", Eddie Carmona, director of PICO National Network's LA RED immigrant justice campaign, said in a statement. "The Department of Homeland Security urges Haitian TPS recipients who do not have another immigration status to use the time before January 22, 2018 to prepare for and arrange their departure from the United States", the memo read.