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DHS ends protections for nearly 90,000 Central Americans

Posted May 4, 2018 12:23 p.m. EDT

— Nearly 90,000 Hondurans who have lived in the US at least two decades could be forced to leave the country after the Trump administration decided Friday to end protections for the immigrants that go back to the 1990s, according to a source familiar with the decision.

The move brings the total number of immigrants for whom the administration has decided to end temporary protected status in the last year to more than 425,000, many who have lived in the US legally for decades, according to numbers from US Citizenship and Immigration Services. The decision is expected to be announced Friday afternoon.

The Department of Homeland Security's decision on Friday ends the temporary protected status designation for Honduras that was put in place after Hurricane Mitch. There are about 86,000 current recipients, according to USCIS's count at the end of October, and all of them must have lived in the US continuously since at least 1999.

They will have 18 months to either leave the country or make other arrangements to stay, if they can qualify for a visa some other way.