Ending TPS for Hundreds of Thousands of People Sets Stage for Next Family Separation Crisis
In a broadcasted segment by News 12 Hudson Valley, a New York family with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) tells their struggle with the possible separation of their family as a result of the Trump administration’s termination of TPS for Honduras. The Monroy family, who came to the U.S. from Honduras in the 80’s, must face the implications of forcible deportation when their legal status expires including separation from their children. Like the Monroys, hundreds of thousands of TPS holders face the same devastating fate and could result in orphaning more than 270,000 U.S. citizen children- all at the hands of the Trump administration.
Watch the News 12 segment here. It is excerpted below:
A Hudson Valley couple is facing deportation after living in the U.S. under temporary protected status for years.
In the past year, the Trump administration announced it would terminate temporary protected status for hundreds of thousands of Central American nationals. Since 1990, families have been allowed to remain in the United States if their countries were suffering from natural disasters or social unrest.
Lydia and Santiago Monroy, of New Windsor, came to the U.S. legally in the late 1980s, escaping political and economic unrest in Honduras. The young couple got married in New York and had two children.
“It allowed my dad to open his own company in construction, has allowed my mom to work for the same corporation that she’s worked for for just about 20 years, in which she has a full pension,” says Eddie Monroy, Lydia and Santiago’s son.
The Monroys say TPS allowed them to buy their own home and send their children to college. Santiago says they have nothing to go to back in Honduras.
The family is still reeling from the tragic death of their 18-year-old daughter last year, and now is faced with losing all they’ve worked for.
With TPS terminated for Hondurans, the Monroy family has about a year and a half to find a permanent solution for what to do next.