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DHS Publishes Notice Containing Text of Asylum Cooperative Agreement with Honduras

DHS published a notice in the Federal Register containing the text of the Asylum Cooperative Agreement between the United States and Honduras, which was signed on September 25, 2019.

The first Honduran asylum seeker has been sent to Guatemala under the US asylum accords.

The U.S. and Guatemala made an agreement to send asylum seekers at the U.S. border to Guatemala instead. On Thursday, the first Honduran asylum seeker was sent to Guatemala under the agreement. He had arrived at the border near El Paso, Texas, but was flown to Guatemala. This policy has been criticized, since Guatemala suffers from many of the same dangers as other Central American countries, including gang violence. Because of this, it is unclear how many asylum seekers will be sent to Guatemala or will return to their home countries instead. In this first case, the man has already asked for assistance to return to Honduras from Guatemala.

DHS has extended TPS documentation for 6 countries in compliance with a district court injunction.

 The DHS announced Friday that the validity of TPS documentation of recipients from 6 countries has been extended through January 4, 2021. The six countries affected are El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal. The expiration dates for Employment Authorization Documents; Forms I-797, Notice of Action; and Forms I-94, Arrival/Departure Record have all been extended. The extension is a result of preliminary injunctions in cases in California and New York. If the injunctions are overturned, TPS will end for all listed countries no earlier than 120 to 365 days after the court decision, depending on the country.

Teens Who Came to Houston with Legal Status Face Deportation After Trump Killed Program

The Houston Chronicle shares the stories of teens who entered the United States through the Central American Minors program, which was instituted by the Obama administration in 2014 to allow children and teens from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala who fulfilled stringent requirements to apply for protection here from their home countries. The Trump administration terminated the program in 2017, and minors who were granted humanitarian parole through it and have lived with their families in the United States for several years are now receiving denials of their requests to renew their two-year legal status and notices ordering them deported.

USCIS Notice on Continuation of Documentation for Beneficiaries of TPS Designations for Nepal and Honduras

USCIS published a notice that DHS will not terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Honduras or Nepal pending final disposition of the appeal in Ramos v. Nielsen. The notice further announces that DHS is extending the validity of TPS-related documentation for Nepalese TPS beneficiaries through March 24, 2020. The TPS designation for Honduras remains in effect through January 5, 2020.

The Hill: Immigrants Sue U.S. over End of Protected Status

The Hill reports that a group of immigrants filed a lawsuit Sunday alleging the Trump administration unfairly ended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for Honduras and Nepal.

USCIS Reminder of TPS Re-Registration Deadline for Honduras and Nicaragua

USCIS reminder that the open re-registration period for TPS for nationals of Honduras and Nicaragua ends on 1/5/12.

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