President Trump is ending the temporary status for 50,000 Hondurans who came here in 1999 under Temporary Protected Status (TPS). They were given TPS because of a hurricane and President Trump has decided that nearly two decades is long enough.
It may also serve another purpose in that it could discourage others from trying to make it to the United States such as the recent caravan from Honduras. They will have 18 months to settle their affairs here and then go home.
The TPS program was passed as a temporary program and the end game is to return them when conditions improved but President Trump is the first president with enough cojones to send them home. Most recently, Trump has ended TPS for 1,000 Liberian nationals, Sudanese nationals, 300,000 Central Americans and Haitians, and 200,000 El Salvadorians.
That means even more jobs for Americans.
DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement:
“The decision to terminate TPS for Honduras was made after a review of the environmental disaster-related conditions upon which the country’s original 1999 TPS designation was based and an assessment of whether those originating conditions continue to exist, as required by statute. Based on careful consideration of available information, including recommendations received as part of an inter-agency consultation process, the Secretary determined that the disruption of living conditions in Honduras from Hurricane Mitch that served as the basis for its TPS designation has decreased to a degree that it should no longer be regarded as substantial. Thus, as required under the applicable statute, the current TPS designation must be terminated.”
“Since 1999, conditions in Honduras that resulted from the hurricane have notably improved. Additionally, since the last review of the country’s conditions in October 2016, Honduras has made substantial progress in post-hurricane recovery and reconstruction from the 1998 Hurricane Mitch.”