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Senator lifts hold on OAS ambassador nomination

Updated Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 | 1:57 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Sen. Ben Cardin is lifting the hold he had placed on the nomination of Carlos Trujillo to be U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States.

Cardin says the State Department provided him with information he had been requesting for months, regarding the decision process to end a temporary protected status for immigrants from Haiti and two Central American nations.

Cardin had said last month he was placing the hold because he believed that the recommendation made by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ignored input from the embassies, which were supportive of extending TPS.

The Trump administration ended the temporary protection for El Salvador, Haiti and Nicaragua and will make a decision later this year for Honduras.