Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Announcement on Temporary Protected Status for Nicaragua And HondurasA reminder that the TPS designation means not deporting illegal aliens from the affected regions, on the theory that post-hurricane conditions would make this inhumane, and that Hurricane Mitch happened in 1998.
Release Date: November 6, 2017
For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
WASHINGTON— Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced her decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nicaragua with a delayed effective date of 12 months to allow for an orderly transition before the designation terminates on January 5, 2019. She also determined that additional information is necessary regarding the TPS designation for Honduras, and therefore has made no determination regarding Honduras at this time. As a result of the inability to make a determination, 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.
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. [Emphases added, More]
We have been writing about TPS here since at least 2003, when DHS whistleblower Juan Mann wrote Put the “Temporary” back in “Temporary Protected Status” – At Least!
Top TPS triumph: Aliens registering from Honduras and Nicaragua hit the TPS jackpot – legal work authorization and non-deportation for six years running! Their January 5, 1999 TPS remains in effect today—until January 5, 2005—all because of a hurricane in 1998.Well, it wasn't time under Bush, and it wasn't time under Obama, but it's starting to be time under Trump. It's another example of Trump's continued success.
It's time for aliens benefiting from TPS largesse to go home and make their countries great.
It's also the time to put the T back in TPS—or, better still, abolish the program entirely.