WASHINGTON, DC – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for approximately 57,000 Honduran nationals will end on January 5, 2020.
AILA President Annaluisa Padilla responded, “Once again, instead of recognizing the dire conditions in the Northern Triangle and the contributions of the thousands of Honduran nationals who have been a part of our country and economy for nearly two decades, the administration has elected to end TPS for Honduras. Honduran TPS beneficiaries are integral to our society and the decision to cast them out after almost 20 years will harm our communities and the businesses that depend on them. Congress must pass a permanent fix to provide relief for long-term TPS beneficiaries.”
As explained in a report by the American Immigration Council:
- More than half of Honduran TPS holders have lived in the United States for more than 20 years;
- They are parents to more than 50,000 U.S.-born children;
- Nearly a quarter are home owners;
- 85 percent participate in the workforce, with a significant portion working in the construction, childcare, landscaping and restaurant sectors; and
- The states that will be most impacted when the termination of TPS for Honduras takes effect are Texas, Florida, North Carolina and California.
Source: AILA Doc. No. 18050436.