This program works practically as a humanitarian protection. It allows obtaining refuge in the United States to citizens of countries with circumstances that make life difficult
More than 300 organizations have asked the Government of Donald Trump to grant special migratory protection, known as TPS, to Guatemala after the eruption of the Volcán de Fuego in the Central American country.
Organizations of national, state and local immigrants, as well as religious, labor and civil rights immigrants, sent a letter to the Secretary of National Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, requesting the approval of the Temporary Protection Status (TPS) for Guatemala.
This program works practically as a humanitarian protection. It allows obtaining refuge in the United States to citizens of countries with circumstances that make life difficult, such as an armed conflict, a natural disaster or an epidemic.
Through it, they obtain residence and work permits after being subjected to a strict examination to check, among other things, that they lack a criminal record.
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales applied to the United States for TPS at the end of June.
In the letter sent to Nielsen, the applicant organizations of the TPS number approximately half a million Guatemalans who are in the United States at risk of being deported to their country and who could benefit from the TPS.
“The environmental conditions in Guatemala derived from a volcanic eruption in June 2018, the impossibility of Guatemalans to return safely and the subsequent request of the Government of Guatemala for a TPS clearly meet the legal criteria for the designation for TPS”, Point out the letter.
The eruption of the Volcán de Fuego, on June 3, devastated large areas of southern Guatemala and affected more than 1.7 million people. More than a hundred people died and more than 300 are missing. Some 13,000 have been evacuated.
Half a dozen senators requested Nielsen and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in June, the TPS for Guatemala.
The Trump government, which along with the strong hand against illegal immigration also seeks to restrict the legal, in recent months, canceled the TPS of El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti, and Nicaragua, among others. However, recently it extended those of Syria and Yemen.
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