Back-to-back hurricanes Eta and Iota devastated Central American late last year. Both the Guatemalan and Honduran governments have appealed to the U.S. for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations to help their countries recover and stabilize in the aftermath.
Below, key reporting details the situation on the ground and highlights the urgent need for TPS designations as part of a regional approach to Central America that would not only grant relief for those seeking refuge from the disasters, but help create stability by providing economic assistance through remittances from immigrants already settled and working in the U.S..
Center for American Progress TPS Can Promote Stability and Recovery for Central America Countries Hit by Recent Hurricanes
By Silva Mathema and Tom Jawetz, December 21, 2020
Based upon the level of economic damage; loss of homes and livelihoods; exacerbated and widespread food insecurity; and destruction of critical infrastructure such as roads, bridges, airports, and public health facilities resulting from these two unprecedented hurricanes—particularly in the middle of an ongoing pandemic that has already wreaked havoc on the countries’ public health systems and economies—the Central American countries affected by hurricanes Eta and Iota already qualify for TPS designations based upon one or two of the grounds provide in the statute.53 In the coming months, these countries will undoubtedly see food insecurity, public health crises, homelessness, and poverty worsen as already fragile public systems are placed under even greater pressure.
… TPS was created by Congress 30 years ago to address precisely this type of situation.
November 11, 2020
By Jeff Ernst, November 11, 2020
By Kevin Sieff, December 4, 2020
By Gustavo Palencia, December 14, 2020
By Jason Beaubien, December 14, 2020
December 20, 2020
By Ted Hesson and Laura Gottesdiener, December 21, 2020
By Reuters Staff, January 13, 2021