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US Ends Temporary Protected Status for Hondurans

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The United States government awarded temporary protected status to Honduras in 1999 after the country was hit by the disastrous Hurricane Mitch. Almost 20 years later, Trump administration announced that the temporary protected status of Honduras will come to an end on January 5, 2020, leaving more than 57,000 vulnerable to deportation.

The government of Honduras said on May 4, 2018, that he profoundly regrets the cancellation of the program and will provide free legal counseling to and support for the Hondurans to living in the United States. Marlon Tabora, Honduras ambassador to the United States, said that the conditions didn’t exist in the Central American country to deal with repatriation of 57,000 people. These families have been living in the US for around 20 years and re-integrating them in their country of origin is going to be very difficult. They are now a part of the US society and leaving it is going to be an impossible task and it is very difficult to digest this decision for Hondurans. Honduras is the second largest country after El Salvador to lose their temporary protected status.

The US government said that conditions in Honduras that resulted from the hurricane have notably improved and has given Hondurans 18 months to decide whether they want to return to their home country or stay in the US legally. Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice from Boston said that they want to amend legal complaint they filed in February to include the Hondurans affected.

El Salvador

Trump administration ended temporary protected status of more than 200,000 Salvadorans who are living in the United States since 2001. Their status will end in 2019. US government has stopped temporary permanent status for most of the countries except Syria as the country is going through a horrible civil war. It is evident that, like Haitians, Hondurans will be crossing the border to seek asylum in Canada.

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