Some 90,000 Hondurans have been told to return to their country after the White House announced on Friday the repeal of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Honduran citizens.
Honduras is the latest country to lose TPS, immediately following Nepal. The move has raised the question of whether or not this may be the end of the TPS program all together.
So far, the only countries to be granted TPS renewal are South Sudan and Syria, leaving hundreds of thousands of people from dozens of countries to face the prospect of deportation and a return to a country that they may not have known for decades.
The decision seems in line with the president’s recent comments suggesting that the country shut down its borders for an indeterminate period of time until we resolve our immigration issues — namely, until we approve the funding for the president’s border wall.
The country also has one of the highest femicide rates, with 95% of sexual assault cases never being investigated; it is one of the most dangerous places on earth to be a woman.
Renowned environmental activist Berta Cáceres was assassinated in March of 2016 for protesting the construction of a dam that would harm indigenous peoples and damage the local ecosystem.
She is not the first nor last environmental or human rights activist to be murdered by Honduran forces opposed to their agendas.
Finally, rates of gang violence in Honduras are also incredibly high, which further threatens the lives and futures of Honduran youth.
Honduras is not a country ready to receive nearly 100,000 deportees from the U.S.
It is not prepared or equipped to insure the safety of those citizens, nor is the country prepared to support them economically.
Much of that has to do with the 2009 coup d’etat in the country that was supported by the U.S. under the Obama administration.
The political and economic instability that arose as a consequence of this coup is largely responsible for the devolving conditions in the country that have forced so many thousands of people to flee.
“And we also believe, truly believe, that the fact that they terminated TPS is a discriminatory act against black and Latino immigrants that are protected under TPS. Today we have an action because we are demanding justice for people. We are denouncing these violations of human rights for people that are protected under TPS in the U.S. And we also want to raise awareness about what is going on in Honduras right now. I think it’s urgent for people to understand here in the United States the connections between forced migration and the U.S. foreign policy. And it’s also urgent for people to understand that countries like Haiti, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua are not ready to receive these people that potentially can be deported to these countries.”
Iron Triangle Press will continue to cover this issue as it evolves.
To read our previous coverage of the ongoing TPS situation, click here.