For Immediate Release: April 26, 2018
Contact: Jareyah Bradley, jareyah [at] balestramedia.com, (908) 242-4822
Eliminating TPS Designation For Nepal Is Unfounded and Heartless, Says Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) terminated the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nepal. On June 24, 2019, approximately 9,000 Nepali TPS holders will be out of status and subject to deportation.
Said Amanda Baran, Consultant to the Immigrant Legal Resource Center:
“This White House has yet again turned its back on vulnerable people that our nation pledged to protect. Terminating TPS for our Nepali brothers and sisters and forcing their return to a country still recovering from a devastating earthquake is unfounded and heartless. The abandonment of this commitment will only further destabilize the region, given that its recovery is reliant on the financial support provided by the thousands of Nepali TPS holders living and working in the United States.
“Compassion, generosity and hospitality are intrinsic qualities of our country, but they continue to be left out of this administration’s policy making. In the absence of leadership from the Trump administration, Congress needs to act immediately and pass the American Promise Act of 2017 introduced by Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) and the SECURE Act introduced by Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). Both of these bills will grant TPS beneficiaries from all 13 participating countries access to legal permanent residency.”
The ILRC joined a coalition of over a hundred groups in sending a letter to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen advocating for an 18-month extension of TPS for Nepal.
For interviews with Immigrant Legal Resource Center, please contact Jareyah Bradley at jareyah [at] balestramedia.com or (908) 242-4822.
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is a national nonprofit that works with immigrants, community organizations, legal professionals, and policymakers to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people. Through community education programs, legal training & technical assistance, and policy development & advocacy, the ILRC’s mission is to protect and defend the fundamental rights of immigrant families and communities. www.ilrc.org