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Two Weeks After Nepalese, Hondurans Lose Humanitarian Status

May 7, 2018 By Tara Law

Two weeks after it announced that it will end a humanitarian program that allows Nepalese to live and work in the United States, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security declared that it will also end the program for Hondurans.

Honduras was given “Temporary Protected Status,” (TPS) which is granted to citizens of countries experiencing humanitarian crises, after Hurricane Mitch devastated the country in 1998. About 57,000 Hondurans are TPS holders, including 4,600 in New York, according to the Center for American Progress.

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen said in a statement Friday that she has determined that the conditions in Honduras have sufficiently improved since the storm.

Hondurans’ status will expire on Jan. 5, 2020 “to provide time for Honduras to prepare for the return and reintegration of its citizens,” Nielsen said.

Hondurans TPS holders in New York have lived in the United States for an average of 22 years, according to the Center for American Progress. About 4,300 U.S.-born children in New York have Honduran parents who are TPS holders.

Maria Rubio, a Honduran immigrant and member of Make the Road New York, said that her community will not give up on their efforts to remain in the country.

“We have built our homes and our lives here, and now those who have had TPS in our community are facing the threat of deportation and separation from their sons and daughters,” Rubio said. “Trump and his appointees keep refusing to see the contributions we make to this country and recognize the conditions in our home countries.”

Steven Choi, Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition, decried the Trump administration’s treatment of immigrants as “vindictive.”

“For the past 19 years, Honduran TPS recipients have made immense contributions to the social and economic fabric of our New York.  How will America be greater or safer by forcing our Honduran neighbors, coworkers and friends to leave?” said Choi.

Congressman Joseph Crowley, who had also spoken out against the administration’s decision on Nepal, decried the administration for uprooting a community who have lived in the United States for decades.

“Ending TPS would undermine our diplomatic and national security interests in bringing stability and prosperity to Honduras and the region,” said Crowley. “I urge Republicans to join Democrats in calling on the administration to reverse this decision before these individuals are deported to a country that is still plagued by extreme violence and is unable to care for their basic rights and needs.”

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Make English great again

It is a joke. A very bad one. Give the president a chance. It’ll be like when they stopped smoking in bars. At first everyone hated it , now people love it. Watch when you get rid of illegals. The neighborhood will be cleaner, safer and people will love it. They will see quality of life get much better. Life will be better. Give the people who are here legally a chance to live good




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Mythoughts

These people have been here for decades and are part of the fabric of our communities. Our neighbors, friends, and coworkers. This cruel policy is a thinly veiled attempt at ethnic cleansing and must be stopped. Those supporting these inhumane and racist policies need to take a good, hard look in the mirror.




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tony

Dear Mr/Mrs “My Thoughts”: When you look in your mirror what do you see for the definition of temporary? Does you mirror comfort you when you resort to the ad hominem?




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Annoyed

An average of 22 years and haven’t sought citizenship? These people KNEW they were GUESTS of the U.S. taxpayers. They KNEW they would eventually have to return to “their country”. Now that they have become accustomed to the U.S., they do not want to share with “their country”? Why don’t they want to go home and help create what they have here for “their country”? GUESTS should know when it is time to go home.




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Tree of Liberty

It’s a joke, people are given temporary status and are here for 22 years. You can’t make this stuff up.




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