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DHS Ends Temporary Protected Status For Nepalis, Forcing Thousands Out

The country's citizens were allowed to legally remain in the U.S. after a devastating earthquake rocked Nepal three years ago.
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DHS Ends Temporary Protected Status For Nepalis, Forcing Thousands Out

The Department of Homeland Security has ended Nepal's temporary protected status, or TPS.

After a devastating earthquake rocked Nepal three years ago, the country's citizens were allowed to legally remain in the U.S.

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said "conditions in Nepal have notably improved." 

Now that the program has been terminated, thousands of immigrants from Nepal have a little over a year to leave the U.S. or face deportation.

In recent months, the Trump administration has moved to end TPS designations for several countries — including Haiti, El Salvador and Nicaragua.

And Nielsen has until May 6 to decide if the agency will end protections for Honduras, too.