Yesterday, the Trump administration announced its decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 2,500 Nicaraguans in the United States. The administration did not, however, make announcements for the status of 57,000 Hondurans living in the states under the same two-year protection designation. The groups were protected from deportation beginning in 1998 after Hurricane Mitch. Since this time, their TPS protections have been consistently renewed. Other countries are still waiting for an announcement from the Trump Administration. Roughly 200,000 Salvadorians and 50,000 Haitians have statuses that will expire in early 2018.
Monday’s announcement outlined that Nicaraguans will have until January 5th of 2019 to leave the country or update their status of residency. TPS was initially constructed by congress in 1990 with goals of providing a safe haven for peoples whose home country was deemed too unstable, unhealthy, or too damaged to live in. Trump officials argue that this has gone on too long and serves as a blatant disregard for domestic immigration policy.
Our Verdict: The decision to end TPS for these groups will inevitably uproot the lives of hardworking individuals, and likely tear families apart. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the decision “cowardly” and claimed it serves as a “cowardly assault on thousands of families in communities across the nation”. It is crucial to remember that these are individuals not numbers. The U.S. is a country made up of immigrants. It is important to consider whether or not policy action like this coincides with American values or, kind, inclusive, morals in general?