Guatemala Asks U.S. for Temporary Protected Status

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The administration of Guatemalan Pres. Alvaro Colom plans to ask the United States to halt deportations of Guatemalan immigrants for at least 18 months, as the country recovers from the devastation caused by tropical storm Agatha, reports Spanish news service EFE. The storm hit the country on May 29-30.

According to the news report, Guatemalan Deputy Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Ibarra said that the foreign ministry is finalizing a document to send to the U.S. State Department to request a Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Guatemalan immigrants.

Approximately 1.7 million Guatemalans live in the United Sates, with 60 percent lacking legal status, says the news report. Since 2010, the United States has deported an estimated 10,000 Guatemalans.