Trump removes legal protections from 57000 Hondurans in the United States

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He's had temporary protected status for nearly two decades, and he's built a small trucking business in Florida.

Canadian Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said Hondurans had until 2020 to decide what to do, meaning it was unlikely people would rush north.

The storm killed more than 5,000 people in Honduras and prompted Francisco Roque-Castro, the World Food Program's Regional Director for Nicaragua, to say Central America had "stepped back 20 years in one day".

The United States accepted more than 100,000 Hondurans under the temporary protection status given in 1999, following devastation caused in Honduras by Hurricane Mitch the previous year. "The loss of these hardworking people will have a negative impact on our economy, in addition to disrupting so many lives in our community".

A statement said that it gives time for people to arrange for their departure or seek an alternative lawful residency.

"We ended so-called temporary immigration programs that were either constitutionally dubious or were administered in a manner that was inconsistent with the objective of the law or contrary to the intent of Congress".

The Trump administration's determination to convince Congress to seriously restrict legal immigration is well-known, as is its desire to rein in protections for undocumented immigrants and ramp up deportations. There are about 86,000 current recipients, according to USCIS's count at the end of October, and all of them must have lived in the United States continuously since at least 1999. This is the latest of in a string of moves by the Department of Homeland Security to terminate TPS protections for groups of immigrants. Mitch was the deadliest hurricane in the Western Hemisphere in more than 200 years.

El Salvador actually had TPS twice, the first time in the early 1990s until December 1994.

"They have made enormous contributions to this nation as workers, small-business owners, homeowners, parents of USA citizens and community members", said Frank Sharry, executive director at the Washington-based America's Voice Education Fund.

They will have 18 months to either leave the country or make other arrangements to stay, if they can qualify for visas some other way. "Forcing their return to a country that is wracked by endemic violence and poverty will put their lives in danger, separate families, and have devastating effects on communities both in Honduras and the United States".

The government of Honduras said on Friday that it "profoundly regrets the cancellation of the program" and pledged free legal and consular support for Hondurans living in the United States. While some countries have been taken off the list, others have remained on it for extended periods of time, which critics of TPS say turn the program into a default amnesty.

The Department of Homeland Security said that the conditions in the country had improved since the natural disaster. "Additionally, since the last review of the country's conditions in October 2016, Honduras has made substantial progress in post-hurricane recovery and reconstruction from the 1998 Hurricane Mitch". At least 88 of them have been allowed into the United States thus far, but dozens more are still waiting at the border.

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