TPS for Venezuelans

Why are so many U.S. diplomats in opposition to deportation of TPS recipients?

President Trump continues his seeming quest to deport hundreds of thousands of temporary protected status or TPS recipients. The Trump administration persists in taking such action, despite opposition by several career diplomats. In fact, evidence has now emerged as to embassy cables transmitted to the State Department last year that warned mass deportations could destabilize the region. Investigations into receipt of the cables are now ongoing, as embassy officials warn that should deportation occur, hundreds of thousands of people will be sent back to some of the most dangerous regions in the world.

TPS Ends for Haitians, Hondurans, and Salvadorans

President Trump has now ordered an end to temporary protected status for the 57,000 Hondurans currently residing in the U.S., the 195,000 Salvadorans, and 46,000 Haitians. Most of these TPS recipients will have less than 18 months to leave the country voluntarily or they will face mandatory deportation.

Trump’s expulsion of TPS recipients is in addition to his decision to end protection for the over 690,000 dreamers, or children brought to the United States illegally at a young age. With these groups combined, the country could soon witness the tragic mass deportations of nearly a million people. Most of those forced back to their native countries will return to a country that barely resembles the one they left. Those who immigrated over as children may be expected to go live in a country they never truly knew.

Interpreting the Law Behind TPS

TPS was first established in 1990 within the Immigration Act. The purpose of the Act was to prevent the U.S. from sending deportees back to countries strapped with armed conflict or natural disasters. Most TPS recipients have now been in the U.S. for decades and have spent their entire adult years in our country.

According to the Trump administration and his supporters, TPS protections are intended to end if the conditions that prompted them no longer persist. As such, according to this interpretation, sending back those who came here due to a natural disaster is correct as the disaster is over. However, many read the Act with a broader interpretation. They would urge that the Act requires the U.S. government to also take into concern the ability of the native countries to receive back large numbers of deportees. For many of these struggling nations, a sudden influx of people could weaken an already shaky infrastructure. As investigations continue, TPS recipients in the U.S

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