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Trump to end TPS protection for Honduras

On May 4, the Trump administration ended a program that allowed 57,000 people from Honduras to live and work in the country legally since 1999. They have 18 months to leave Texas or whichever state where they currently reside, and they were originally allowed to stay after being granted Temporary Protected Status. TPS is granted to residents of countries that are hurt by natural disasters or other emergency situations.

By rescinding special protection for Honduras, it is saying that the country can once again provide for its own citizens. However, a number of groups including lawmakers from the Republican party are questioning whether this is the right decision. Representatives from Honduras say that people are fleeing the country to escape drug cartels and other dangerous conditions. Furthermore, many who entered the U.S. under TPS have given birth to children who are now citizens.

This means parents are forced to decide if their children will live in America or in Honduras. In addition, the Center for American Progress says that the United States will lose $31 billion over a decade if Honduran workers are forced to return home. Not everyone criticizes the decision to end TPS. The president of Federation for American Immigration Reform believes that 20 years is enough time for Honduras to recover and that normal does not necessarily mean ideal.

Applying for citizenship may be an effective way to avoid being deported or otherwise removed from the country. An attorney may help anyone who is eligible to become a citizen apply for permanent residency and complete other steps in the naturalization process. If a person does become a citizen, he or she is generally granted the right to work, live and vote just like those who were born in the United States.

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