Updated: March 5, 2021
The United States Department of Homeland Security on Thursday extended special immigration protections for about 300,000 immigrants from four countries, including the north African nation of Sudan.
The extension for the citizens of Sudan, El Salvador, Haiti and Nicaragua would end in January 2020.
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The move came after a federal judge temporarily blocked the administration from rescinding the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program last year.
TPS allows immigrants from nations ravaged by natural or man-made disasters to live and work in the U.S. while their home countries recover.
Many have been living in the U.S. for more than two decades, had never gone back to their countries and now have children who are American citizens.
The Trump administration argues that the program was created to provide temporary aid and shouldn’t be continually extended.
An end to the program would force immigrants to leave or face deportation, tearing their families apart and sending them to places they had not visited in decades.