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Thousands of Hondurans to lose TPS rights

The Trump administration announced on May 4 that it would no longer offer Temporary Protective Status to former residents of Honduras who are now living in Colorado or elsewhere in the U.S. This was done even as human rights groups and representatives of Honduras came out against the decision. An estimated 57,000 Hondurans live in Colorado or other states across the country, and they must either leave voluntarily or face being deported. The deadline for exiting the United States in January 2020.

TPS protection has also been eliminated for about 200,000 immigrants from El Salvador. Residents of both El Salvador and Honduras had been allowed to enter the United States after a hurricane hit the countries in 1998. The Department of Homeland Security said that the protected status for these individuals was always meant to be temporary. A representative said that conditions were deemed to have returned to normal and the impact from the hurricane was no longer seen as substantial.

However, there are other issues that residents in Honduras may have to contend with if sent back home. For example, it has one of the worst murder rates among nations experiencing peacetime despite the fact that the rate fell in 2017. There have also been violent protests related to a recent election in the country. One incident left at least 16 people dead after security forces opened fire.

Those who are subject to deportation proceedings may benefit from going through them with the assistance of an attorney. Legal counsel may be able to help convince a judge to allow the person to remain in the United States. This may be done by pointing out ties to the community, the lack of a criminal record or the presence of children or other family members who rely on that person for care or support.

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