Honduras TPS Decision Deadline: 5/4/2018, 2 Days
As the Honduran Temporary Protected Status (TPS) deadline looms, both Politico PRO and Newsy highlight the fear of various Honduran TPS holders and immigration advocates who are speaking out to urge the Trump Administration to extend TPS for the 57,000 legal immigrants from Honduras.
“That deeply concerns Honduran immigrants like Orlando Lopez, a TPS holder living in Miami. He arrived 20 years ago to escape the devastation caused by Hurricane Mitch. He said he has set down roots in the U.S. by buying a home and opening his own small business.
‘I am very worried,’ he said in a statement issued after the conference call. ‘Not only would there be chaos caused here by this decision, but there would be an even worse burden placed on my country, which is not able to receive us.’
The conference call was organized by America’s Voice, a pro-immigrant group based in Washington.
‘I am also worried about speaking out in public; there have been many others who have faced retaliation,’ he added. ‘For the first time since being here, I feel like I have rights and all of that progress is seeming like it will be for naught.’”
“Luis Gonzales was illegally brought from Honduras to the U.S. when he was 6 years old. But he’s been protected from deportation and authorized to work in the U.S. for almost 20 years thanks to an immigration program called Temporary Protected Status, or TPS.
“The U.S. government is like, ‘Well, these people now have skills that they’ll be able to bring back.’ Yeah, I have skills, but I don’t know if those skills would translate to my survival in Honduras.
Gonzales is among nearly 320,000 immigrants from 10 countries who have received time-limited permissions to work and live in the U.S. because of natural disasters or other events that make it dangerous for them to return home. But the Department of Homeland Security revisits the TPS designation for each country every six or 18 months, and it has recently ended the designation for El Salvador, Haiti, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan, concluding that the the conditions in these countries have improved over the years and that their citizens can now safely return home.”