18/07/24 - STATEMENT FROM CITIES FOR ACTION ON THE EXTENSION OF TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS FOR SOMALIA
For Immediate Release
July 24, 2018
Cities for Action commends Trump Administration's decision to extend TPS for Somalia, criticizes the Administration's failure to re-designate yet another war-torn country for TPS
Although Cities for Action leaders commend the Trump Administration’s decision to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Somalia for a full 18 months, the coalition is deeply troubled that the Department of Homeland Security also failed to re-designate Somalia for TPS. While current Somali TPS recipients can continue receiving humanitarian protections under TPS, the failure to re-designate Somalia for TPS prevents other Somali nationals in the United States for applying for these protections. This decision follows recent decisions that extended but did not re-designate TPS for Syria and Yemen, two other countries experiencing war and massive displacement. Last week, Cities for Action sent a letter calling for an extension of TPS for Somalia to the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State. Cities for Action leaders will continue to advocate for federal immigration policies that protect immigrants fleeing violence and that provide a permanent solution for TPS holders.