When the Trump Administration announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program – which has shielded young undocumented immigrants from deportation – the decision filled our timelines and news feeds. But in the aftermath of the Department of Homeland Security removing Nicaraguans’ Temporary Protected Status (TPS) – a program Congress started in 1990 that allows those fleeing natural disasters and war to live in the US – we’re not seeing the same kind of indignation.
As President Donald Trump attempts to curb all kinds of immigration to the country, many believe that DHS choosing to end TPS for Nicaraguans may signal what’s to come for the other countries. Most beneficiaries of TPS are Central Americans, but people from Haiti, Nepal, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen also depend on the program. Some have lived in the United States for decades and have set roots in the country. As the deadlines for other countries’ TPS protection looms, Central Americans are, rightfully, feeling overshadowed because there’s not enough media coverage or conversation about a decision that could upend the lives of so many.
They’ve taken to Twitter to express their frustrations. Check out a few reactions below.