U.S. lets Yemenis stay 18 more months

Demonstrators march in New York against the separation of immigrant families in accordance with US president Donald Trump's hardline immigration policy.
Demonstrators march in New York against the separation of immigrant families in accordance with US president Donald Trump's hardline immigration policy.
Image: EDUARDO MUNOZ/AFP

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration said on Thursday it would allow some 1,250 Yemenis to remain in the United States for at least another 18 months under protected status as war and a humanitarian crisis rage in their native country.

Yemenis in the United States with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will be able to re-register for an extension of their status through March 3, 2020, according to a statement from the Department of Homeland Security.

The status grants beneficiaries the ability to legally work while they are in the United States.

The Trump administration has shown a deep skepticism toward the temporary protected status program, announcing its end for immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua and Sudan since President Donald Trump took office last year. 

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