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Estimated 300,000 Central American and Haitian Immigrants May Soon Face Deportation

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Elaine Duke last week saying that 300,000 Central American and Haitian immigrants should no longer be protected from deportation. The immigrants, most of whom entered the country illegally, are presently safeguarded by the Temporary Protected Status program that gives them temporary permission to live and work in the U.S. instead of being sent to their countries due to unsafe environments such as natural disaster, armed conflict, or other emergency situations.

The DHS will announce in January whether it will renew TPS protection for an estimated 60,000 Honduran and Nicaraguan immigrants. Nearly 60,000 Haitian immigrants with TPS are only protected until late January 2018 and almost 200,000 Salvadorans are only protected until March 2018.

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