The U.S. Department of Homeland Security canceled Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 2,500 Nicaraguan and 50,000 Haitian asylum-seekers last month. They have 14 months to leave the U.S. A decision on over 250,000 asylum-seekers from El Salvador and Honduras may come in January. TPS allowed around 300,000 Central Americans and Haitians to live in the U.S. for decades.
Alianza Americas, a network of nearly 50 organizations that serves Latin American and Caribbean immigrants, says that revoking TPS is not only catastrophic for Latin American and Haitian families, but also destabilizing for all of North America.
We’ll discuss the TPS decision, and other Central America news, with with Oscar Chacon, co‐founder and executive director of Alianza Americas. He was also in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for the U.N. Global Compact on Migration, where climate change was prominently discussed at the gathering.
Chacon will talk about how climate change will impact migration from Latin America. He’ll also comment on the civil unrest in Honduras after a heavily contested vote count after presidential elections. The U.S. is supporting the re-election of incumbent Juan Orlando Hernández.