Tegucigalpa (Agenzia Fides) - The President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, announced on Monday 7 December that the Temporary Protected Status, known as TPS will be extended to Honduran citizens present in the United States. TPS is a form of humanitarian aid granted by the United States. "During our meeting with the interim secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, we were told that TPS, which was due to end in January, will be extended", Hernández said.
The Foreign Minister of Honduras, Lisandro Rosales, personally presented the request to the current director of the Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, as part of a visit led by President Juan Orlando Hernández, who travelled to Washington.
The reason for the request was that this decision by the US "will help address the enormous challenge of sustainable social and economic reconstruction, post-pandemic and destruction that Eta and Iota have left in Honduras". Honduras claims that its citizens send an average of $ 5 billion annually to their relatives, which represents a strong movement in the country's economy.
On Sunday, December 6, Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez spoke about the reconstruction of the country after the hurricanes: "The reconstruction of Honduras will not be done by magicians or with money that flows from other countries, it will be a matter of making good use of what that we have and not to continue to give in to the temptation to exploit those who have less, to raise prices". "It is a difficult and sad moment for our poor Honduras", complained the Cardinal Archbishop of Tegucigalpa during his Sunday homily, inviting us to prepare the way of the Lord who comes.
A post on the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website confirmed that TPS for Honduras, El Salvador, Haiti, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan will last until October 2021. TPS protects people who would face extreme hardship if forced to return to their countries of origin, devastated by armed conflicts or natural disasters. Protection concerns people who are already in the United States. TPS for Honduras and Nicaragua was first granted after Hurricane Mitch struck Central America in 1998. Some beneficiaries of the program have lived in the United States for decades. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 10/12/2020)