November 7, 2017
The DHS revokes temporary immigration benefits to over 5,000 Nicaraguan nationals as it decides what to do with another 300,000 migrants living in the U.S.
The migrants were previously allowed to stay in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, after hurricane Mitch hit Central America back in 1998.
The DHS has given the Nicaraguan migrants 14 months to leave the U.S. or change their immigration status.
However, the Trump administration said it needs more time to decide the fate of another 57,000 migrants from Honduras, another 200,000 Salvadorians, and another 50,000 Haitians.
These groups are also in the country under the TPS program.
Immigration authorities say the TPS program was designed as a temporary humanitarian response to crises in Central America and Haiti, and it was never meant to be a path to permanent residency or U.S. citizenship.