- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 7, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) - A temporary residency permit program has aided 5,000 citizens from Nicaragua who have lived in the United States for almost two decades.

Now the Trump administration is planning to end it in January 2019.

A decision about how to deal with a similar program for 86,000 residents from Honduras is expected in July.

The acting homeland security secretary says the program is no longer necessary for Nicaraguans in the U.S.

Elaine Duke says temporary residents living under that permit would have 12 months to allow for an orderly transition for their return and for their Central American homeland.

Duke postponed a final decision in the case of Honduras, automatically extending the current temporary permits for Hondurans in the U.S. for six months, until July 5.

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