NEW YORK, NY – Last night the Trump Administration ended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nicaraguans living in the U.S. The decision will affect 2,500 people. The administration has delayed making a decision on Hondurans with TPS, leaving 57,000 people in limbo.
Temporary Protected Status is a designation afforded to nationals of countries all over the globe experiencing humanitarian crisis such as violent conflict, environmental disasters, or epidemics that would prevent nationals from returning safely. As of today, there are an estimated 325,000 TPS recipients living in the United States, representing ten TPS-designated countries: El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Over 30,000 TPS recipients reside in New York, including 16,200 Salvadorans, 4,600 Hondurans, and 5,200 Haitians.
“The Trump administration's decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 2,500 Nicaraguans living in the United States is cruel and shameful. America will not be greater or safer by sending back people who’ve made their lives here and are become part of the city's economic and social fabric, ” said Steven Choi, Executive Director for The New York Immigration Coalition.
The New York Immigration Coalition is encouraging supporters of TPS to call their congressional representatives at 202-224-3121 and demand a permanent legislative solution.
The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State. We envision a New York state that is stronger because all people are welcome, treated fairly, and given the chance to pursue their dreams. Our mission is to unite immigrants, members, & allies so all New Yorkers can thrive. We represent the collective interests of New York's diverse immigrant communities and organizations and devise solutions to advance them; advocate for laws, policies, and programs that lead to justice and opportunity for all immigrant groups; and build the power of immigrants and the organizations that serve them to ensure their sustainability, to improve people's lives, and to strengthen our state.