The announcement by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that the “temporary protected status” (TPS) designation for 2,500 Nicaraguans has been terminated has set the stage for a similar decision on about 300,000 other central and South Americans who have also been living off the US taxpayer, some for decades.
According to a statement released by acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke, the decision to terminate TPS for Nicaragua was made after a review of the conditions upon which the country’s original 1999 designation were based and whether those substantial but temporary conditions prevented Nicaragua from adequately handling the return of their nationals, as required by statute.
There was also no request made by the Nicaraguan government to extend the current TPS status.
“Based on all available information, including recommendations received as part of an inter-agency consultation process, Acting Secretary Duke determined that those substantial but temporary conditions caused in Nicaragua by Hurricane Mitch no longer exist, and thus, under the applicable statute, the current TPS designation must be terminated.”
The statement added that to “allow for an orderly transition, the effective date of the termination of TPS for Nicaragua will be delayed 12 months. This will provide time for individuals with TPS to seek an alternative lawful immigration status in the United States, if eligible, or, if necessary, arrange for their departure.
“It will also provide time for Nicaragua to prepare for the return and reintegration of their citizens. TPS for Nicaragua will terminate on January 5, 2019.”
Duke’s statement also revealed that “additional information is necessary regarding the TPS designation for Honduras, and therefore has made no determination regarding Honduras at this time,” and that therefore the TPS designation for Honduras will be automatically extended for six months from the current January 5, 2018 date of expiration to the new expiration date of July 5, 2018.
“However, given the information currently available to the Acting Secretary, it is possible that the TPS designation for Honduras will be terminated at the end of the six-month automatic extension with an appropriate delay,” the statement added—meaning that the same reasoning as is being used with the Nicaraguans is equally applicable to Honduras.
There are around 57,000 Hondurans taking advantage of the TPS designation in the US, along with 50,000 Haitians and 200,000 El Salvadorans.
Incoming DHS secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will have until November 23 to make a decision on TPS for Haiti and until early January to do the same for El Salvador.
Created by Congress in 1990, TPS defers deportation for aliens already in the U.S.—even if they arrived illegally—and allows them to apply for work permits.
It was supposed to be a short-term humanitarian benefit that lets foreign nationals stay while their home countries recover from catastrophes such as civil wars, natural disasters or epidemics, but has, of course, merely turned into yet another conduit for mass nonwhite immigration into America.
The program currently covers 10 countries: El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
John F. Kelly, the former secretary of homeland security and now the White House chief of staff, extended temporary protected status for Haitians in May, giving them an additional six months to stay in the country. Many however have since chosen to “flee” and seek “asylum” in Canada.