U.S. ends 'protected' status for Nicaraguans

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A temporary residency permit program has aided 5,000 citizens from Nicaragua who have lived in the United States for nearly two decades.

Both Honduras and Nicaragua received initial TPS designations in 1999 after Hurricane Mitch devastated the two countries.

The press statement made clear that DHS terminated the TPS designation for Nicaragua because conditions had sufficiently recovered after Hurricane Mitch for the country to receive people who fled.

The 1998 hurricane killed more than 2,000 people in Nicaragua and caused over $1 billion in damage. TPS for Haitians expires January 22, 2018, and for Salvadorans, March 9, 2018.

TPS for Nicaraguans will end on January 5, 2019, and Hondurans have received a grace period until July 5 of next year.

"It's good news, even if it's six months, we'll keep waiting and asking God for this country to give us more time, so we can stay here", Nunez said in Spanish. "Let's see if we can get Congress to legalize these people who have been in the country for decades, are homeowners and business owners and whose kids were born here".

Officials did not announce a decision for TPS holders from El Salvador or Haiti.

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Congress is the only body with the authority to create a path to permanent legal status for TPS holders. "These are people who are working, who are paying their taxes, and we hope that when the time comes when they follow this process in the USA, that we will have the opportunity to have a renewal of the Temporary Protection Status or some way to have our countrymen continue to live in this country". Instead, they're getting a six-month extension, with a decision at a later date.

But the Department of Homeland Security already warned in its statement that a termination of the programme was "possible". They have consistently complied with the Department of Homeland Security.

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. The secretary of homeland security decides whether a country is unsafe for its nationals to return, revoking or extending the special protected status. "No honest, informed observer could find otherwise".

A supporter amongst a coalition of community leaders and immigrant advocates demonstrate outside USA immigration offices, calling on federal authorities to designate Ecuador for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for its nationals in the aftermath of last April's 7.8 magnitude quake, Wednesday June 1, 2016, in NY.

Congressional members, including Republican lawmakers, also called on the Trump administration to continue TPS.

Most of the TPS migrants arrived in the United States without legal papers but were allowed to stay and work because of instability in their home countries.

"When this administration came into office they came wanting to address the issue of the undocumented immigrants". They are still here because the people who willingly accepted our temporary offer, their advocates, and their governments have abused our generosity and managed to get the program extended far beyond any reasonable definition of temporary.