Washington, DC – Last night, Trump’s Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Elaine Duke announced that the agency will terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nicaragua on January 5, 2019. Nicaraguan immigrants, who have lived in the United States for nearly two decades, will have 12 months to leave their homes.
For the 2,500 Nicaraguan immigrants currently protected by TPS, this move will be dire as these people have built lives in the United States and their native country has a great deal of instability. Trump’s cruel decision also underscores the fight to pass the American Promise Act, introduced by Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY). 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.
Adrian Reyna, Director of Membership at United We Dream and DACA beneficiary said:
“The decision to end TPS status for Nicaragua is part of Trump’s racist drive to force millions of people of color underground, into jails and out of the country.
“Together with his decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and to end TPS status for Sudanese immigrants, Trump is announcing the forced removal of 900,000 people from their homes. We demand that DHS reverse their decision and keep TPS for immigrants from other countries under threat.
“Congress must pass “The American Promise Act” to give permanent protections to thousands of Nicaraguans and other TPS holders who consider the U.S. their home. If Congress doesn’t act, they will be complicit in the morally repulsive mass expulsion of American families who have lived in this country for nearly two decades.”