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Immigrants could face immigration charges after policy change

The Department of Homeland Security recently announced a policy change that may result in the relocation of approximately 50,000 individuals. The federal agency announced that it is ending Temporary Protected Status for Honduran immigrants who entered the country after Hurricane Mitch in 1999. There are approximately 50,000 people who could face immigration charges if they do not leave the country, many of whom may be in New York state. 

DHS has gone on the record to say that the conditions in Honduras since the hurricane have significantly improved. This statement is contested by some experts. Others say that conditions in Honduras continue to be poor, that it is a country plagued by violence and that people continue to flee from the location. 

Many of the individuals who could face deportation came to the country as children under the age of 15 and have grown up in the United States. Others have gone on to have American-born children in the 19 years that they have lawfully resided in the country. Records show that the population is hard-working and that over 85 percent of these individuals are employed. 

However, if the Honduran immigrants do not return to their home country by 2020, they could face immigration charges and removal from the United States. Honduran immigrants in New York may be interested in looking for other options to remain in the country. A person interested in obtaining American citizenship may wish to consult with an experienced attorney who can guide the individual through the available options for avoiding charges and pursuing an appropriate change in legal status. 

Source: Forbes, "DHS Decision On Hondurans Fits Disturbing Pattern On Immigration", Stuart Anderson, May 5, 2018

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