Bahamian hurricane evacuees will not get temporary protected status. As many Bahamian citizens have been evacuated to Florida after Hurricane Dorian, the federal government has weighed the decision whether to grant the evacuees temporary protected status (TPS). In the end, Trump administration officials decided not to grant TPS, which would have given evacuees already in the United States work authorization and a stay of deportation. According to one official, the decision was made based on the statutory obstacles, the time it would take to provide relief, and the high number of people who would have received protected status. In the past, hurricane victims from other countries have been granted TPS, including those from Honduras and Nicaragua. The Trump administration has attempted to end TPS for many countries, but has so far been unsuccessful in the courts.

– Weekly Immigration Briefing by Olivia Hester, Immigration Law Analyst at Docketwise

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