New Windsor couple faces deportation as TPS ends
A Hudson Valley couple is facing deportation after living in the U.S. under temporary protected status for years.
In the past year, the Trump administration announced it would terminate temporary protected status for hundreds of thousands of Central American nationals. Since 1990, families have been allowed to remain in the United States if their countries were suffering from natural disasters or social unrest.
Lydia and Santiago Monroy, of New Windsor, came to the U.S. legally in the late 1980s, escaping political and economic unrest in Honduras. The young couple got married in New York and had two children.
"It allowed my dad to open his own company in construction, has allowed my mom to work for the same corporation that she's worked for for just about 20 years, in which she has a full pension," says Eddie Monroy, Lydia and Santiago's son.
The Monroys say TPS allowed them to buy their own home and send their children to college. Santiago says they have nothing to go to back in Honduras.
The family is still reeling from the tragic death of their 18-year-old daughter last year, and now is faced with losing all they've worked for.
With TPS terminated for Hondurans, the Monroy family has about a year and a half to find a permanent solution for what to do next.