The Trump administration is revoking legal protections for 57,000 Honduran refugees who have been living in the United States as refugees of Hurricane Mitch since 1999.The Hondurans’ deadline is January 2020.According to the public policy think tank Center for American Progress there are approximately 3,100 Hondurans who work legally in Louisiana under the protected status program.Activists said the U.S. State Department now warns Americans against visiting Honduras because of violence and gang activity, and wondered why a government that warns against visiting would force tens of thousands of Hondurans to return.It’s the latest move by the Trump administration on Temporary Protected Status, a humanitarian protection for people from countries that have suffered natural disasters.DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced that the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for Honduras will officially end on January 5, 2020.The Honduras decision was postponed six months from last fall, when then-acting Secretary Elaine Duke said she couldn’t reach a decision on the country and extended the status for more time to deliberate. While some countries have been taken off the list, others have stayed on it for extended periods, which critics say turns the program into default amnesty.The program does not offer legal permanent residency or… Read full this story
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