At the same time, the U.S. administration extended the TPS for six months, until July 2018, for the same reason for some 86,160 Hondurans.
"The decision to end TPS status for Nicaragua is part of Trump's racist drive to force millions of people of color underground, into jails and out of the country".
The status had been granted to some Nicaraguans who had fled their homeland after the devastation caused by Hurricane Mitch in 1998. Their protection was set to expire January 5.
Trump officials are expected to issue decisions on the future of TPS for 50,000 Haitians in November and 200,000 Salvadorans in January. Haitians got TPS after the January 2010 quake that killed hundreds of thousands of people. More disturbingly, Duke torpedoed the entire concept of offering temporary protection to people whose homelands have been affected by some unforeseen event.
Belinda Osorio, a Honduran-American who lives and works in Florida and has been in the US for decades through TPS, told reporters at a conference call on Tuesday that she would not put her 14-year-old son in danger by going back to Honduras, regardless of the administration's eventual decision.
TPS is a form of temporary legal residency established in the Immigration Act of 1990 that provides worker visas to more than 300,00 immigrants from 10 countries experiencing ongoing armed conflict, environmental disaster or other circumstances that make it potentially unsafe for them to return to home.
"When this administration came into office they came wanting to address the issue of the undocumented immigrants". Those countries are among nine that Reuters reports TPS now covers; the other five are Nepal, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
Last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the conditions in Central America and Haiti no longer justify the need for protections under TPS in a letter to DHS. There are bipartisan legislative options now before Congress to protect TPS families.
"The administration understands there are a number of individuals who have been in TPS status, potentially for 20 years, and given the lengthy period of the status here, [knows] that congressmen want to find a solution to find a more permanent status versus this 18-month to 18-month temporary fix", the senior administration official said.
Ms Duke said she needed more information.
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.
Other presidential administrations have both ended and renewed TPS without much controversy, as Daily Kos' Gabe Ortiz pointed out.