TPS to End for Hondurans

Demonstrators rallied Dec. 4, 2017 in Manhattan’s Union Square to support Salvador Nasralla, one of two presidential candidates to declare victory after Honduras’ presidential election on Nov. 26, and protest political repression and electoral fraud by the incumbent administration of Juan Orlando Hernández. (Photo by Joe Catron, Creative Commons license)

On May 4, the Trump administration announced it is ending temporary protected status for Hondurans. More than 50,000 have lived under the status since 1999 after Hurricane Mitch struck the country in the fall of 1998. The designation will terminate on Jan. 5, 2020.

Long Island Win’s Patrick Young writes, in a story on the announcement, that Long Island “with 5,000, has the largest number of Honduran TPS-holders in New York State. Communities like Hempstead, Westbury, Roosevelt, Freeport, Glen Cove, Huntington Station, Central Islip, and Brentwood are expected to be particularly hard-hit by the termination of TPS.”

In its press release issued in response to the decision, the New York Immigration Coalition linked to a factsheet from the Center for American Progress on how the New York economy benefits from workers with TPS, including Hondurans.

An El Diario story from last December on political demonstrations and “instability” in Honduras notes that about 3,000 TPS holders live in New York City. Reporter Zaira Cortés spoke to activists who said that President Juan Orlando Hernández “did not show the political will to negotiate and defend” the status.

The news follows earlier announcements from the administration on the end of TPS for HaitiansNepalese, Nicaraguans, Salvadorans and Sudanese.

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