Trump administration to cancel temporary residency permits for 9,000 Nepalese immigrants: report

Trump administration to cancel temporary residency permits for 9,000 Nepalese immigrants: report
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The Trump administration is readying the cancellation of temporary residency permits for roughly 9,000 Nepalese immigrants, according to The Washington Post.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenActing DHS secretary says he expects Russia to attempt to interfere in 2020 elections House Homeland Security rip DHS's 'unacceptable' failure to comply with subpoena Trump puts Kushner in charge of overseeing border wall construction: report MORE will give the immigrants until June 24, 2019, to leave the U.S., according to documents obtained by the Post.

A DHS spokesperson told The Hill that the department will make an announcement on the matter in the coming days. 

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Temporary protected status (TPS) — the designation the Nepalese immigrants' permits fall under — allows foreigners to stay in the U.S. so they do not have to return to countries rocked by crises such as war and natural disaster.

Nepalese immigrants were given the status in 2015 after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked the country, leaving almost 9,000 people dead.

Immigration hard-liners within the administration have long promoted getting rid of TPS for immigrants.

DHS announced in January that it would cancel the provisional residency permits of about 200,000 Salvadorans who have resided in the U.S. since 2001, as well as 50,000 Haitians.

The administration also announced it would permit 7,000 Syrian immigrants to remain in the United States under TPS but would stop accepting new applicants from the war-torn country into the program.

DHS will also decide on the status of 57,000 Hondurans with TPS protections who have lived in the U.S. for 20 years. 

“We will continue to determine each country’s TPS status on a country-by-country basis,” Nielsen said in January.