DHS Cancellation of TPS for Nepal: Further Evidence of Administration’s “Myopic” Focus on Dismantling Nation’s Immigration System

PRESS STATEMENT

For Immediate Release

DHS Cancellation of TPS for Nepal: Further Evidence of Administration’s “Myopic” Focus on Dismantling Nation’s Immigration System

Sara McElmurry: 312-351-3890 or smcelmurry@alianzaamericas.org

CHICAGO—April 26, 2018—The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced its decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 9,000 people from Nepal, many of whom have lived in the United States under this legal status since 2015, after a devastating earthquake struck the country. Alianza Americas’ Executive Director, Oscar Chacón, issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement:

“Today, the Department of Homeland Security has added 9,000 Nepalis to a shameful and growing list of long-term, work-authorized, fully-vetted residents of our communities whose future in this country is now uncertain given the reckless actions of this administration over the past 15 months.

This list now includes more than one million people: Nearly 300,000 TPS holders from five nations—Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, El Salvador, and now Nepal—up to 4,000 DED holders from Liberia, and 800,000 DACA recipients from countless countries. These people have had our government’s full permission to live and work in the United States for years—or decades, in the case of some TPS holders—only to have the rules change, seemingly overnight.

Despite numerous data-backed reasons—family unity, economic vitality, workforce development, national security, and humanitarian responsibilities—to continue the programs that have allowed these people to stay in their homes and communities, this administration is seemingly using just one criteria to make decisions: A myopic focus on slowly dismantling our nation’s immigration system.

Alianza Americas strongly denounces DHS’ decision to cancel TPS for Nepal, potentially sending thousands of people back to unstable, life-threatening realities in a country still struggling to rebuild after the 2015 earthquake and subsequent flooding last summer. We continue to call on Congress to build legislative solutions for TPS, DACA and DED recipients alike. And we applaud the many efforts in federal courts to seek justice for these affected populations and their families.”

Alianza Americas is a network of 50 immigrant-led organizations representing more than 100,000 families across the United States. It is the It is the only US-based organization rooted in Latino and Caribbean immigrant communities that works transnationally to create an inclusive, equitable, and sustainable way of life. Learn more at alianzaamericas.org.

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