Nearly 120 organizations urge the Biden administration to extend temporary protection for Somali immigrants


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Followed the request to Mayorkas and the Biden administration Redesign of the TPR in Haiti late last month الشهر, representing a major victory for the black immigrants and advocacy groups that were leading the struggle. “TPS protects any Haitian immigrant in the US on or before May 21, 2021 from deportations and provides them with work permits,” UndocuBlack Network He said. The Trump administration stripped Haiti of its TPS status in 2017, then Evidence appeared Racial motives behind this move.”

In his announcement of the renaming of the nation, Mallorcas He said “Haiti is currently experiencing serious security concerns, social unrest, an increase in human rights abuses, extreme poverty, and a lack of basic resources, which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. After careful consideration, we have decided that we must do what we can to support Haitian citizens in United States until conditions in Haiti improve so that they can safely return home.”

In their letter urging the Department of Homeland Security to grant relief to Somali immigrants currently in the United States, 119 organizations noted that the administration continued to declare emergency in the country, “citing piracy, armed robbery, activities in support of Al-Shabaab, government corruption, and violence against civilians in Somalia, and all This contributes to the “deteriorating security situation and continuing violence in Somalia”.

In the letter, the organizations said: “In 2020, the Department of Homeland Security included arbitrary killings, enforced disappearances, torture, arbitrary detention, forced evictions, sexual assault and recruitment of children among the ongoing human rights violations in Somalia as reasons for extending the temporary protection regime.” “The US State Department’s 2020 Qatar Human Rights Report confirms that all of these violations continue.”

The letter from about 120 organizations comes days after Maryland Senator Ben Cardin, Chris Van Hollen, and New York Representative Nydia Velasquez Issue their own letter He called on the Biden administration to review the appointments of a number of countries, including Somalia. “There is no numerical limit to the number of people who can carry a TPS; Rather, it is intended to bring relief to all those who cannot and should not be returned to dangerous conditions,” they wrote.

“While we applaud today’s decision, much more needs to be done to protect migrants, refugees and people seeking asylum, especially those from other black majority countries in Africa and the Caribbean who need it most,” Haitian Bridge Alliance Executive Director Guerlain Joseph said in a statement received by the Daily Kos following the renaming of Haiti. Biden administration also announced Temporary protection last March for Venezuelans who cannot return to their homeland due to unsafe conditions. With the stroke of a pen, the Biden administration could take similar measures to protect Somali immigrants.

We will continue to urge the Biden administration to ensure TPS for other citizens, such as Cameroonians, Sudanese and Guatemalans, who are also at risk if deported to hostile conditions,” Joseph continued. “With the Dream and Promise Act, the Senate can also ensure permanent protection for Dreamers and TPS holders.”


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