Immigrants Worry Trump Administration Will Have Them Deported

AUSTIN — Early last month, Johan Valle waited with his mother at her home in Fort Worth to find out if their lives were about to change.Federal officials in Washington were expected to decide whether to end a deportation relief program for Valle, his mother and thousands of immigrants whose home countries had experienced natural disasters or extreme violence.Valle wanted to be with her if the news was bad.The decision had weighed on him during a grueling day at the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center, where he’s a medical student. He’d checked the news in the morning and scrolled through Facebook and Twitter during breaks from work.“It’s very frustrating,” he said. “It’s like living and working on borrowed time.”Late into the night, they finally found out that Department of Homeland Security officials could not reach a decision about the status of 86,000 Honduran immigrants, triggering an automatic six-month extension. But they ended the legal protection, known as temporary protected status, for Nicaraguans. They would have to leave the country by 2019. Two weeks later, the federal government also ended the protection for about 58,000 Haitians who had been on the program since 2010.  Continue reading...

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