The administration of President Donald Trump says it will end temporary protections for Honduran immigrants living in the US on Jan. 5, 2020.
The move, which will leave potentially 57,000 people vulnerable to deportation, is the latest in a series of decisions by Trump to shut down temporary protected status (TPS) granted to the country in 1999 following the devastation of Hurricane Mitch.
The TPS is a status which is given to immigrants following natural disasters or violent conflicts that would prevent them from safely returning to their home countries.
The US government said, after conducting a review, it found “conditions in Honduras that resulted from the hurricane have notably improved.”
The 18-month timeline to end the program would enable “individuals with TPS to arrange for their departure or to seek an alternative lawful immigration,” the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement on Friday.
The Honduran government said…