According to multiple reports, the Trump administration will not grant temporary protected status (TPS) to Bahamians affected by Hurricane Dorian. It is being widely reported that the administration ultimately decided against offering the humanitarian relief after acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said Monday that it was being considered. Granting TPS would allow Bahamians to work and live in the U.S. until it is deemed safe to return home. However, Bahamians can still come to the U.S. temporarily with the right travel documents, without being granted work permits.
The Bahamas were hit hard by Hurricane Dorian, battering the islands with rain and winds for almost two days. More than 40 people have been confirmed dead in the island nation and thousands are still missing. Tens of thousands more are thought to be in need of food, water and medical help.