More than 300,000 Central Americans and Haitians could face deportation, officials say

Saturday, 04 November 2017, 10:45:18 AM. The Department of Homeland Security is expected to make an announcement next Monday to decide the fate of Hondurans, Salvadorans, Nicaraguans and Haitians whose TPS status is set to expire in early January.
Share U.S. Central America Haiti Donald Trump Anti-Immigration More than 300,000 Central Americans and Haitians living in the U.S. under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) no longer need to be safeguarded from deportation, the U.S. Department of State informed Homeland Security officials this week, ahead of a much-anticipated DHS announcement regarding the protection's renewal or revocation.  According to a report by The Washington Post on Friday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a letter to acting DHS secretary Elaine Duke stating that dire conditions that once gripped Central America and Haiti no longer justify the protection of the program’s beneficiaries, who have been allowed to live and work in the U.S. for 20 years. DHS is expected to make an announcement on November 6 to decide the fate of 57,000 Hondurans, about 50,000 Haitians and 2,500 Nicaraguans, whose TPS status will expire in early January, the publication said. The largest group of TPS beneficiaries are from El Salvador, with 200,000.   Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now Even though many of them arrived in the U.S. illegally, TPS recipients were shielded from deportation in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch in 1998 that pummeled Central America, as well as the 2010 earthquake that killed 200,000 in the Caribbean nation. Since then, the U.S. has renewed TPS—in the case of Hondurans, at least 13 times—allowing them to work and pay taxes. Trump’s officials believe that the return of these...Read more
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