The irresponsible decision to end the TPS for Nicaraguans will tear families apart and disrupt the lives of these working individuals, the president of the Congress Hispanic Legislative Group, Michelle Lujan said on the measure announced yesterday.
"The hurricane that struck Central America in 1998 is not the reason why citizens of those countries still enjoy TPS in 2017".
It has been repeatedly renewed since.
But critics say the programme, which was created to offer temporary protection in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, has become a permanent fixture and allowed some immigrants to stay for nearly two decades by renewing their visas time and time again. This legislation would protect Nicaraguans and TPS holders from certain countries, including El Salvador, Haiti and Honduras and allow them to pursue a pathway to citizenship. TPS also enables beneficiaries to work legally in the United States and requires them to pay taxes.
"Congress must pass "The American Promise Act" to give permanent protections to thousands of Nicaraguans and other TPS holders who consider the US their home".
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 USA legally as well as delay the decision on whether to extend the program to recipients from Honduras.
Duke's announcement coincides with the start of the confirmation process for her permanent replacement, Kirstjen Nielsen. As a result, TPS for that country will be extended for six months from its current expiry date of January 5 next year, to July 5, 2018. But it's unclear if that will happen, given the strong desire by some in the Department of Homeland Security and the White House to terminate the program.
The Trump administration will end a temporary program that allows some Nicaraguans to live and work in the United States, while leaving the door open to canceling the same program for more than 200,000 Haitians and Salvadorans in the coming weeks.
Salvadorans and Haitians' fates are in limbo as the Department of Homeland Security decides what to do with those residents whose status expires in early January.
The Trump administration is expected to make similar announcements for 50,000 Haitian TPS recipients by November 23, 2017 and 195,000 Salvadoran TPS recipients by January 8, 2018. Every 6 to 18 months, immigration officials determine whether TPS is extended for each country. But while the country continues to suffer from extreme poverty, Kelly told members of Congress this summer that conditions for which TPS was granted have largely been resolved.