Ms Duke said she recognised "the difficulty facing citizens of Nicaragua - and potentially citizens of other countries - who have received TPS designation for close to two decades" and called on the US Congress "to enact a permanent solution for this inherently temporary programme".
The administration is also postponing a decision until next July on how deal with a similar program for 86,000 residents from Honduras.
According to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Elaine Duke, that initiative, created to favor immigrants after the devastating hurricane Mitch in 1998, is no longer necessary.
But critics say the programme, which was created to offer temporary protection in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, has become a permanent fixture and allowed some immigrants to stay for nearly two decades by renewing their visas time and time again. As its name suggests, TPS is ostensibly a short-term humanitarian benefit that lets foreign nationals stay while their home countries recover from catastrophes such as civil wars, natural disasters or epidemics.
"People have been here for 25 years", Shannon said, "and for 25 years they have been working with a legal temporary visa".
Gladys Nunez, from Honduras, has had TPS for many years.
But the statement left open the possibility of ending the protections for Hondurans, adding, "it is possible that the TPS designation for Honduras will be terminated at the end of the six-month automatic extension with an appropriate delay".
"Although they were born here, we want to keep our children with us", she said. "That's unfair", she said of Homeland Security officials.
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Peskov added: "Any accusation that has been put forward in some internal USA investigation against USA citizens has nothing to do with us".
Haitians and Salvadorans are also waiting to hear what the United States is going to do with their TPS designation. While it was due to expire in January 2018, she said it would be delayed by one year "to allow for an orderly transition".
"The Trump Administration's irresponsible decision to end TPS for Nicaraguans will tear apart families and upend the lives of these hard-working individuals", Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said in a statement. "My hope is they change the legislation to make this a permanent thing for all the TPS recipients". But they say those problems should be addressed in other ways, and returning migrants can help foster development in their home countries. It's typically renewed every 18 months.
The Washington Post reported Friday that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson paved the way for TPS to be withdrawn for Central Americans and Haitians by sending a letter to DHS stating that conditions in those countries had improved to the point that people no longer needed protection. DHS had announced six months earlier that it was extending the protection for just another six months so for immigrants to prepare to go back.
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