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STATEMENT: Decision to End Honduras TPS Is Immoral and Unwise, Say CAP Immigration and National Security Experts

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Washington, D.C. — Today, the Trump administration announced that it will terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for nearly 57,000 Hondurans, with an 18-month delay, effective January 2020. Tom Jawetz, vice president of Immigration Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement in response:

Continuing the trend of removing protections from people who have lived and worked in this country legally for years and played by the rules, the Trump administration today announced plans to expel an estimated 57,000 Hondurans with Temporary Protected Status. Honduran TPS holders have been in the United States for an average of 22 years, and they live with an estimated 53,000 U.S.-born children. Families and communities will be ripped apart, and ejecting these contributing members of society from the workforce will rob the country of more than $31 billion in gross domestic product over the next 10 years.

Dan Restrepo, CAP National Security and International Policy senior fellow, added:

The Trump administration seems bent on destabilizing our neighbors, including Honduras. This decision, coming after the administration’s embrace of a questioned presidential election in Honduras, will increase instability as it disrupts that country’s economy and places additional strain on the country’s weak institutions. This latest installment of the administration’s break with U.S. values also comes with an additional strategic cost as the Americas struggle with a growing humanitarian and refugee crisis in Venezuela. After this decision, this administration has even less credibility in rallying countries to embrace Venezuelan refugees.

CAP experts are available to speak on this topic. To coordinate, please contact Rafael J. Medina at  or 202.748.5313.

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