Legislators Criticize the US Decision on Nicaraguan Immigrants

Legislators Criticize the US Decision on Nicaraguan Immigrants

Legislators Criticize the US Decision on Nicaraguan Immigrants

"It is time for Congress to act and to do so before the end of the year", stated Dr. Delgado.

The US government has announced the end of a program which gives 5,300 Nicaraguan immigrants temporary protection in the United States, while tens of thousands of Hondurans will have their stay extended.

Latino advocates and legislators from both parties criticized the Trump administration's announcement that it would terminate a program that allows about 3,000 Nicaraguans to stay and work in the US legally as well as delay the decision on whether to extend the program to recipients from Honduras.

Belinda Osorio, a Honduran-American who lives and works in Florida and has been in the USA for decades through TPS, told reporters at a conference call on Tuesday that she would not put her 14-year-old son in danger by going back to Honduras, regardless of the administration's eventual decision. "DHS' action destroys the emotional security and compromises the mental health of thousands of US citizen children with a lifetime of consequences for their well-being", concluded Dr. Delgado. For more information, visit http://www.healthyamericas.org or call the Alliance's Su Familia National Hispanic Family Health Helpline at 1-866-783-2645.

Immigration officials regularly decide whether to renew the programme every six to 18 months for each country. "As a mother, I am concerned for my family's well-being".

Immigrants from both countries were given the special status in 1999 after Hurricane Mitch devastated Central America. The Post reports the decision was keenly observed by the roughly 200,000 Salvadorans (here following 2001 earthquakes) and 50,000 Haitians (2010 quake) whose own TPS designation expires in 2018; the latter group will learn their fate by November 23, reports Politico. They are still here because the people who willingly accepted our temporary offer, their advocates, and their governments have abused our generosity and managed to get the program extended far beyond any reasonable definition of temporary. "They've been getting working and they have 275,000 citizen children". People may gain permanent residency if they have married someone with citizenship or if they are sponsored by their employer.

Unfortunately, not all TPS holders fall under this category.

"The only rationale for something like this is if people can't be sent back physically", the Center's Mark Krikorian said. "They are being subjected to possible deportations". As a mother of a 17-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter, she said she would be forced to leave and take her two children with her.

"They think we are criminals, and the uncertainty is just so overwhelming". She's originally from Los Angeles and reports on gender, human rights and migration.

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