Honduras says it regrets end to USA protections



Until the Trump administration came in, TPS beneficiaries who might face perilous (or even deadly) circumstances if forced to return home have been allowed to stay in the US, even if the original emergency that led to TPS status has ended But now the government is briskly bringing TPS status for various countries one by one, placing these migrants on a schedule for either deportation or illegal status. Administration officials have argued TPS decisions must be based exclusively on whether the country conditions have improved with regard to the situations that led to the protections in the first place ― in the case of Honduras and El Salvador, devastation caused by a hurricane in 1998.

Many families, including children who are US citizens, could risk threats, kidnapping, gender-based violence or even death if sent to Honduras.

"The Secretary determined that the disruption of living conditions in Honduras from Hurricane Mitch that served as the basis for its TPS designation has decreased to a degree that it should no longer be regarded as substantial", the DHS statement read.

During President Donald Trump's administration 200,000 Salvadorans, 50,000 Haitians and 9,000 Nepalis have lost their protected status along with smaller groups of immigrants from Nicaragua and Sudan.

Most of the other countries that have come up for TPS review have been terminated except for Syria, which is in the midst of a devastating war.

Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world, according to the United Nations.

At the time, the country was headed into a presidential election. "It makes the situation in Honduras and Central America worse and will assuredly come back to haunt us in time", Kevin Appleby, the senior director of worldwide migration policy at the Center for Migration Studies said.

Reuters reports that the Honduras Ambassador to the US, Marlon Tabora, said that these families have lived in the US for 20 years and that re-integrating them into Honduras will not be easy if they decide to return. Now fully blind, he fears returning to Honduras, where his father was shot about 8 years ago.

In the past six months, DHS has ended TPS for almost 200,000 Salvadorans, 50,000 Haitians and 9,000 Nepalis, giving those groups 12 to 18 months to prepare a departure or secure some other form of legal status. The Honduran Foreign Ministry said it recognized the end of TPS was a "sovereign decision", but added it "deeply regrets the cancellation of the TPS program". With an eye on the upcoming TPS decision, it had enhanced efforts to crack down on cartels and human trafficking and sided with the Trump administration at the United Nations past year over moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, USA Today reported. Each year, Honduras TPS holders contribute $1 billion in GDP. Sources told CNN that Duke made the decision despite pressure from White House chief of staff and former DHS Secretary John Kelly to terminate it then.

Another unconscionable attack on immigrants: Trump is reportedly ending TPS for Hondurans and will try to kick out 57,000 men, women and children to a country suffering from violence and poverty.

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