For Immediate Release
May 4, 2018
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Washington, DC - In less than a week, the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielson has callously announced the termination of Temporary Protected Status for yet another country, Honduras. Seemingly in jest, DHS claimed that “Nielsen Carefully Considered Conditions on the Ground” in Honduras, but several human rights organizations, advocates, TPS holders including the UndocuBlack Network substantiate otherwise. Honduras has had protection since 1999, DHS made the decision to terminate TPS for the over 50,000 nationals covered, effective January 5, 2020.
“What seems most striking and contradictory about the decision is that the U.S. State department issued travel warnings for Honduras ,which are in effect as of January 10, 2018, at the same time however, Honduras was deemed safe enough to return to for Honduran nationals. We encourage all allies to join us in raising the very obvious political agenda and racist motivations for ending TPS and DED for so many developing countries which are continually inconsistent with the current country conditions for these territories. ” - Patrice Lawrence, National Policy and Advocacy Director, UndocuBlack Network
Honduras is the seventh country to have their TPS or DED status terminated by the Trump Administration along with Sudan, Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Liberia and Nepal, just last week. As we fight for justice in immigration, we must commit to fighting for permanent solutions for TPS. The best permanent solutions that TPS holders support are ones that provide full permanent protection for all countries including Guinea and Sierra Leone who lost status in 2017.