WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration will continue the special immigration status granted to about 1,250 Yemenis after escalating violence in the region that began about three years ago.

The Department of Homeland Security says it will renew the temporary protected status for 18 months because of ongoing violence in the Middle Eastern country, but the U.S. won’t take on new applicants.

As many as 437,000 immigrants affected by man-made or natural disasters had this kind of status at one point.

The Homeland Security has discontinued it for immigrants from Honduras, El Salvador, Sudan, Nicaragua and Haiti. The department has extended protections for 6,900 Syrians.

The protections were never meant to be permanent, but immigrant advocates say that revoking them will drive the majority of these immigrants underground.

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