In data shared with ThinkProgress, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency puts those numbers closer to 86,163 recipients for Honduras and 5,349 recipients for Nicaragua as of the end of calendar year 2016. "Those that entered without inspection, have no kids and didn't marry a US citizen, and never travelled, would be left with absolutely no options if it is eliminated", said Portos.
The 50-year-old, who is originally from Leon, Nicaragua and now lives and works in Washington, DC, said there is a job shortage in his home country that would make it hard and expensive to return.
TPS is granted to immigrants from a handful of countries that have been beset by crises like war or natural disaster.
"The administration understands there are a number of individuals who have been in TPS status, potentially for 20 years, and given the lengthy period of the status here, [knows] that congressmen want to find a solution to find a more permanent status versus this 18-month to 18-month temporary fix", the senior administration official said.
For the 2,500 Nicaraguan immigrants now protected by TPS, this move will be dire as these people have built lives in the United States and their native country has a great deal of instability.
The Trump administration has ended an immigration program that protects Nicaraguans from deportations while Hondurans have received an extension.
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On Monday, DHS determined that Nicaraguan TPS holders can now return home and said that the Nicaraguan government will adequately handle their return. The Department of Homeland Security claimed that conditions in Nicaragua have improved enough to cancel the program.
The Trump administration's plans to create more stringent immigration policies may determine whether the provision is renewed for other countries like El Salvador and Honduras.
The government will review this program for Hondurans again in July 2018. Those countries are among nine that Reuters reports TPS now covers; the other five are Nepal, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Although an announcement about El Salvador isn't expected for another few weeks (January 8, 2018), she said she's uneasy as she awaits the announcement about TPS.
"I'm not here to be a delinquent, to be a problem to this country", Florida resident and TPS holder Yolnick Jeune previously told ThinkProgress, explaining that after she arrived in the United States, she learned English so that she would assimilate as quickly as possible.
"We have had to renew our work permits constantly but it is different under this administration", she said. "Now the Acting Secretary of DHS is suggesting that our nation's generosity be used against us by arguing that we owe them a permanent amnesty". There are bipartisan legislative options now before Congress to protect TPS families. "I think they have a right to stay where they were born".