Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ignored the advice of senior U.S. diplomats and urged the Department of Homeland Security to end protections for 300,000 Central Americans and Haitians living under temporary protected status (TPS), current and former State Department officials told The Washington Post. In cables, the diplomats said they were strongly opposed to ending the immigrants' TPS, because sending an influx of people back to those areas could destabilize the regions and launch a surge in new illegal immigration, the Post reports. Congress established TPS in 1990 to prevent the deportation of people from countries that are reeling from violence or natural disasters.

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