December 8, 2020 1:18 PM | With information from EFE
15 minutes. The Government of the United States (USA) announced the extension of the temporary protection status or TPS for the citizens of El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Haiti, Nepal and Sudan until October 2021. The program was due to end next month.
The TPS grants temporary work and legal residence permits to citizens who, at the discretion of the US Government, left their countries due to natural disasters or armed conflict. A large number of foreigners with this protection have lived in the country for decades.
Nowadays, There are 400,000 beneficiaries, originating from a dozen countries designated by Washington for the program. The largest groups are Salvadorans (250,000), Hondurans (75,000), and Haitians (50,000).
The extension of the TPS protection -for another 9 months- allows these people to legally remain in the US and work without fear of deportation.
The government of the president Donald Trump ordered the termination of TPS for the citizens of Haiti, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Sudan. However, a district court in Northern California ordered the suspension of that order.
In September, the Federal Ninth District Court of Appeals invalidated the court’s ruling in California. However, it did not issue an order making its own judgment effective. Therefore, the suspension ordered by the previous court remained in place.
Latin America hit
The president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, traveled to Washington last Friday. There he asked for the expansion of the TPS in his meeting with US senators and congressmen.
For his part, the Foreign Minister of this country, Lisandro Rosales, met with Chad Wolf, acting director of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to discuss the same issue.
Rosales indicated that his government had requested a new TPS program. He also added that “the social and economic situation has been hit hard not only by the pandemic but also by (hurricanes) Eta and Iota“.
This Monday, and in compliance with a court order, the Trump administration reactivated the receipt of applications for the Deferred Action program (DACA), which protects immigrants who entered the country illegally when they were minors.
On Friday, Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis of the Eastern District of New York, overruled decisions made over the summer by Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf, and ordered the reopening of the receipt of new applications for protection in DACA no later than this Monday.