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Lawyers Fight To Restore Temporary Protected Status For Hondurans Living In Mass.

Over the past several months, the Trump administration has been phasing out a program known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which is granted to foreign nationals seeking refuge in the U.S. due to violence or environmental disasters in their country of origin. This past Friday, it was announced that protection will be terminated for about 57,000 immigrants from Honduras, the sixth country to lose such status since the president took office.

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Immigrant rights groups fight Trump administration on TPS

Immigrant rights groups fight Trump administration on TPS
Patricia Montes, director of Centro Presente, speaks in front of the State House at a press rally.

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Massachusetts congressmen blast federal decision ending protection for Hondurans as 'cruel,' 'un-American'

Advocates for immigrants, including U.S. Reps. Joe Kennedy and Jim McGovern, rally on behalf of TPS holders at the Statehouse on May 7, 2018.

Advocates for immigrants, including U.S. Reps.

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Nearly 90,000 Hondurans May Be Deported to Danger and Poverty as Trump Ends Their Protected Status

The Trump administration announced Friday it is ending temporary protected status for nearly 90,000 Hondurans now living in the United States, saying they must return home. TPS is an immigration status granted to foreign nationals who can’t safely return to their home countries, and allows them to legally live and work in the United States. Hondurans were first given TPS in 1999 after Hurricane Mitch devastated the country.

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Immigrants frustrated with Beacon Hill, not just DC

BOSTON — After a decision by the Trump administration last week to end protected status for Honduran refugees, immigrant activists put Democrats on Beacon Hill on notice Monday that they want more than just lip service from their state elected leaders.

At a rally outside the State House in support of immigrants from Honduras, El Salvador and other countries facing deportation because of actions taken by President Donald Trump, some community leaders said it was not enough for Beacon Hill politicians to offer their rhetorical support.

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Dozens decry TPS decision for Honduras

Advocates, immigrants, and elected officials on Monday decried the Trump administration’s decision to revoke a provisional status that has protected tens of thousands of immigrants from Honduras from deportation for nearly 20 years.

Patricia Montes, executive director of Centro Presente, the immigrant advocacy group based in East Boston that organized Monday’s rally at the State House, called the termination of temporary protected status for Honduras an “ill-advised and cruel decision.”

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Trump administration ends protections for nearly 60,000 Hondurans

Nearly 60,000 Honduran immigrants could be forced to leave the United States after the Trump administration suspended a status allowing them to stay.

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Hondurans plead for extension of Temporary Protected Status

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Trump administration was set to decide in early May whether Honduran holders of a special immigration status will be able to remain legally in the country.

The decision could affect up to 57,000 Hondurans who are protected under the Temporary Protected Status program, popularly known as TPS. The status has over the years granted a work permit and a reprieve from deportation to certain people whose countries have experienced natural disasters, armed conflicts or other exceptional situations so they temporarily can remain in the United States.

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Boston City Council asks for government accountability in Honduras

Just days before the federal government decides whether or not it will strip legal protection for tens of thousands of Hondurans living in the United States, the Boston City Council passed a resolution Tuesday urging Congress to stop financially backing police and military operations in Honduras until the Central American country investigates human rights violations by law enforcement.

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These Eight Brave Haitians And El Salvadorans Are Suing Donald Trump

News Americas, BOSTON, Massachusetts, Fri. Mar. 2, 2018: Two brave Haitian nationals and six Salvadorans are among a group of eight who have slapped a lawsuit on Donald Trump and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, (DHS).

Nineteen-year-old Chris Jean Baptiste and 25-year-old Anne Christine Nicolas, both of whom were born in Haiti and now live under Temporary Protected Status, (TPS), in Boston, Massachusetts, are suing to block the termination of TPS for Haitians and El Salvadorans by the Trump administration.