On Monday, Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced the administration's decision to terminate Temporary Protection Status (TPS) of Nicaraguans will be effective by January of 2019. In addition, Duke also announced that Honduran refugees will face the same fate, but the exact date is to be determined. While they're not the only countries that fall under TPS, this termination is yet another hit to the Latino community and Eleanor Holmes Norton is not having it.
This protection is granted to immigrants that seek refuge in the U.S. during times of war, natural disaster or any life-threatening cases in their homelands. Many countries such as Haiti, El Salvador, Syria and more are also protected under TPS and it seems as though their expiration dates are not far behind. The secretary states that their decision to put a TPS expiration date on those who fleed from Nicaragua is because their time of war and unfit living conditions dates back to 1999 and are now different.
According to mitú, there are around 2,500 Nicaraguans and 57,000 Hondurans that will be impacted by the Trump Administration's decision. Previous presidents Obama and Bush have renewed TPS throughout their terms, which have allowed refugees to safely stay in the U.S. This new change is just another check to mark on Trump's cold-hearted immigration agenda. Like many who disagree with today's immigration policies, non-voting Delegate to the House of Representatives, Eleanor Norton had something to say about this decision.
— Eleanor H. Norton (@EleanorNorton) November 6, 2017