Immigrant Rights Advocates Denounce Trump for “Shameful and Cruel” End to Protection for Hondurans

Dozens of Central American immigrants ride atop a cargo train passing through the border area in the south of Mexico, on 25 May 2010. (Photo: Jan Sochor / Latincontent / Getty Images)Dozens of Central American immigrants ride atop a cargo train passing through the border area in the south of Mexico, on 25 May 2010. (Photo: Jan Sochor / Latincontent / Getty Images)

More than 50,000 people will be “condemned to misery,” according to one immigrant rights advocate, following the Trump administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Hondurans who arrived in the US after fleeing their hurricane-ravaged country in 1999.

“The Trump administration is turning its back on thousands of families who arrived from Honduras seeking safety,” said Marselha Gonçalves Margerin, an advocacy director at Amnesty International USA. “Many families, including children who are US citizens, could risk threats, kidnapping, gender-based violence, or even death if sent to Honduras. It is heartless to offer safety to people seeking protection only to take it away and force them to return to a place where the justice system can’t deliver justice.”

While Honduras is no longer recovering from Hurricane Mitch, which forced 57,000 people to flee to the US, the country is one of the world’s most violent, with gang warfare an ongoing occurrence and massive deadly political unrest following the last presidential election.

Following a US-backed military coup in 2009, in which the party of current president Juan Orlando Hernandez forcibly took power, thousands of Hondurans have fled the country, including many of the asylum-seekers who traveled through Mexico to the US border in recent weeks, arriving this week.

“When individuals often…

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