Trump administration to drop protections for Central Americans and Haitians: report
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The State Department advised the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this week to end a program that gives temporary deportation protection to Haitians and Central Americans living in the U.S. 

Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump House passes legislation to elevate cybersecurity at the State Department Biden's is not a leaky ship of state — not yet MORE notified DHS Secretary Elaine Duke this week that the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) extended to such migrants fleeing destruction from natural disasters in their homelands is no longer necessary, officials confirmed to The Washington Post.

Homeland Security is expected to announce by Monday its decision regarding an estimated 60,000 Hondurans and Nicaraguans whose status under the program will end in January, as well as nearly 50,000 Haitian recipients whose status would end by Thanksgiving Day this year. 


The department must make another decision about nearly 200,000 recipients from El Salvador by January, according to the Post.

Temporary protected status has been frequently extended and renewed by presidential administrations since being implemented in 1990 to prevent foreign refugees of natural disasters from returning home to destruction, even if they arrived in the U.S. without papers.

The Trump administration extended the protections in May but warned that recipients should prepare to leave the country in case the program was not continued. 

The Trump administration is now seeking to rein in immigration programs that have not been strictly enforced in the past. 

If the DHS decides to end TPS, immigrants will be given a six-month period to prepare for departure to their home country, according to the Post. However, many program recipients have settled down in the U.S. and have children that are U.S. citizens.