Trump administration puts an end of TPS on hold for Hondurans and Nepalis

Kathmandu,March 14: Thousands of Temporary Protected Status holders from Nepal and Honduras got a reprieve on Tuesday after the Trump administration agreed to temporarily halt the termination of their protected status.

The news comes a month after a class action lawsuit was filed at the Northern District in California against the government for its decision to end the humanitarian programme for the two countries. Nepal was set to lose its protected status—first granted in 2015 following the devastating earthquake that ravaged mainly the country’s hill districts—in June. Nearly 15,000 Nepalis have benefitted from the designation, which allows immigrants to live and work in the United States regardless of prior status.

On Tuesday, US federal judge Edward Chen accepted and signed the agreement made between the two parties.

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