Trump administration ends protections for thousands of Hondurans living in U.S.

Tens of thousands of Hondurans who have lived in the United States since 1999 must prepare to leave, government officials announced Friday.

More than 50,000 Hondurans who have been allowed to live and work in the U.S. after a massive hurricane ravaged Honduras couple of decades ago will have 20 months to leave the country. Hondurans represent the second-largest group of foreigners who have benefited from the program.

On Friday, the Homeland Security Secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, said she had determined that conditions have improved sufficiently in Honduras to warrant suspension of protected status for its citizens in the United States, according to a department statement.

Hondurans in the program have until January 2020 to get their affairs in order and depart.

Signed into law by President George Bush in 1990, the temporary protected status (TPS) program once enabled nearly half a million people from 10 countries crippled by natural disasters, war and other strife to live in the United States.

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