Demonstrators hold signs protesting the termination of Salvadorans' Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in front of the White House. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueDemonstrators hold signs protesting the termination of Salvadorans' Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in front of the White House. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Trump administration temporarily halts plans to cancel ‘protected status’ of Nepali and Honduran immigrants

The Trump administration has agreed to temporarily halt cancellation plans of Nepali and Honduran immigrants living in the United States under a Temporary Protection Status (TPS). The decision comes exactly a month after American Civil Liberties Union and six immigrant (3 Nepalis and 3 Hondurans) filed a case against Trump administration over their decision to abruptly end their TPS. In their lawsuit, they alleged the motive to end TPS was “motivated by racial animus” and is “unconstitutional”.

TPS is a form of humanitarian relief granted to residents of countries devastated by natural disasters or war that allows beneficiaries to work legally while they remain in the U.S. On April 26, 2018, Trump’s administration ended the TPS program for the 15,000 Nepalis. They were given a year to pack up and leave as the administration believed  Nepal had reeled back from the damages of the earthquake and could take back their residents.

However, packing up and leaving is not always easy – many of these families have spent years ‘bettering’ their lives in the United States, many of them have families, many of them have ‘adapted’ to the lifestyle of the West – the cancellation of the TPS affects their lives.

Tuesday’s decision to temporary halt the cancellation of their statusprovides a temporary relief to these TPS holders. Their exact fate will be decided by court on a later date.

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