More than 100,000 Haitian and Central American immigrants await decision on their status in the U.S.
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More than 100,000 Haitian and Central American immigrants await decision on their status in the U.S.

More than 100,000 immigrants from Haiti, Honduras and Nicaragua are expected to learn in the coming weeks whether they will be allowed to stay in the U.S. under temporary protection granted years ago because of natural disasters in their home countries. That protection expires early next year, and the Trump administration is required to notify them in November whether it will be extended.

These immigrants are among more than 320,000 from 10 nations who have time-limited permission to live and work in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status (TPS) because of war, hurricanes, earthquakes or other catastrophes in their home countries that could make it dangerous for them to return. The largest number – 195,000 – is from El Salvador, according to U.S. Department of Homeland Security estimates.

Federal officials have not said whether they plan to extend the TPS designations, which already have repeatedly been extended, but they have stated that TPS is meant to provide temporary rather than long-term relief. Earlier this year, on May 21, Temporary Protected Status expired for immigrants from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Officials from some nations where TPS will soon expire have asked for extensions, saying their countries have not fully recovered and that their immigrants contribute to the U.S. economy.


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