In a statement issued Monday night, the Department of Homeland Security said that Nicaraguans with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) have until January 5, 2019 in order to return home or seek a permanent immigration status.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent a letter to DHS last week recommending the removal of Central Americans and Hattians protected under TPS.
TPS was granted to some Nicaraguans in 1999, after Hurricane Mitch devastated the Central American country the year before.
McGrorty, executive director of Catholic Legal Services in the Archdiocese of Miami, said USA law is meant to be implemented "with a certain degree of kindness and compassion", and that sending people to countries that are ill-prepared to welcome them would do far more harm than good.
DHS has called on Congress to enact a permanent solution to resolve the seemingly imminent elimination of TPS in the memo and give options to the thousands of immigrations that are losing or may eventually lose these protections.More news: Iran: Thousands march on 1979 anniversary, chant anti-Israel, anti-US slogans
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Supporters of TPS slammed the administration's decisions.
In March, DHS extended TPS for Haiti by six months, although many interpreted this move as a sign that they opposed the program and would be terminating it this fall. 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. "And in fact by not renewing the Temporary Protected Status. they have actually made matters worse", Rodriguez said. "My hope is they change the legislation to make this a permanent thing for all the TPS recipients". "They've been getting working and they have 275,000 citizen children".
Congressional members, including Republican lawmakers, also called on the Trump administration to continue TPS. The Trump administration will not consider them a priority for deportation, but they will be eligible for it, a DHS official told reporters Monday night.
"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.
Although TPS is renewed on a regular basis, the administration's approach to restrict protections from deportations have made TPS-holders nervous said Portos. But the fate of TPS is more tenuous under President Donald Trump whose executive orders on immigration aim to limit legal immigration and deport undocumented immigrants. The secretary of homeland security decides whether a country is unsafe for its nationals to return, revoking or extending the special protected status.