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The Trump administration reportedly won't grant temporary protected status to immigrants from the Bahamas after Dorian

The U.S. reportedly will not grant temporary protected status to people from the Bahamas displaced by Hurricane Dorian. A Trump administration official told NBC News about the decision Wednesday, two days after acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said the White House was considering whether to do so.

The status would have allowed Bahamians to work and live in the United States until it was considered safe for them to return home. "If the history shows that it's taken a lengthy time to get the Bahamas back to where these people can turn to, I'm sure that that will be a discussion that we'd be having," Morgan said Monday about the possibility of extending the status. President Trump also said Monday he was considering extending it, but, at the same time, he expressed wariness about immigration from the Caribbean nation, suggesting that some people would exploit the situation.

The decision has already received criticism, on both moral and practical grounds.

Bahamians reportedly can still come to the U.S. temporarily, provided they are carrying the correct travel documents, but they will reportedly not be granted work permits. Read more at NBC News.