Affected individuals and advocates press New York Congressional Republicans to support TPS bill after State Department recommended ending TPS
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New York City – On the day of the likely decision of the State Department recommendation to end TPS for Central America and Haiti, November 6, 2017; immigrants, allies and elected officials gathered to rally in New York City to demand that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for hundreds of thousands of program beneficiaries.
On Friday, the State Department issued an unfounded and reckless recommendation that DHS not renew TPS for beneficiaries from Haiti and Central America. DHS is expected to make its decision Monday.
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a designation afforded to nationals of countries experiencing humanitarian crisis such as violent conflict, environmental disasters, or epidemics that would prevent nationals from returning safely. As of January 2017, there are an estimated 325,000 TPS recipients in the United States.
TPS gives permission to legally live and work in the US to some 320,000 immigrants from 10 countries where environmental disaster, armed conflict or other extraordinary circumstances would place them in danger if they had to return.
Ending TPS for Honduras and Nicaragua puts more than 57,000 people from Honduras and more than 2,500 people from Nicaragua at immediate risk for deportation. Ending TPS for Haiti would put 50,000 beneficiaries at risk. And doing so for El Salvador would put 195,000 in jeopardy.
TPS also covers people from Nepal, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. The program was ended for Sudan in September. Decisions on the remaining countries are expected over the next eight months.
“On April 25, 2015, my family in Nepal– and hundreds of thousands of others– was impacted by the devastating earthquake. As soon as we heard about the devastation of the earthquake, Adhikaar worked with community members, along with Nepali and other non-Nepali partner organizations, to fight for TPS. In June of 2015, the Department of Homeland Security granted TPS for Nepali citizens and in 2016, TPS was renewed for a second year. I am one of the 8,950 Nepali TPS recipients. TPS helped me continue my job at Adhikaar while supporting my family in Nepal on their long, ongoing road to recovery,” said Namrata Pradhan, organizer from Adhikaar.
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