United States cancels temporary residency permits of 9000 Nepalis

Elias Hubbard
April 29, 2018

The Trump administration has made a decision to terminate the temporary protection status for almost 9,000 Nepalese immigrants with authorities asking them to leave or find another way to stay in the U.S. to allow for an orderly transition.

Immigrants will have until June 24, 2019, to leave or find another way to stay in the country to allow for an orderly transition.

The special protection was granted to Nepalese immigrants following the April 2015 quake that killed more than 8,000 people and left 3.5 million homeless in the Himalayan nation.

The Obama administration extended the protections for 18 months in October 2016. "Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen's decision to terminate Nepal's TPS designation is another heartless example of Secretary Nielsen's attacks on immigrants and vulnerable communities".

The secretary of homeland security may designate a country for TPS if conditions in the country temporarily prevent its nationals from safely returning (due to civil war, natural disaster, epidemic, etc.) or the country can not adequately handle the return of its nationals.

Under President Donald Trump, the department has been aggressive in ending TPS categories for hundreds of thousands of immigrants, a majority of whom have lived in the United States for upwards of 15 to 20 years and whose countries are still in dire straits, reported the US-based news agency.

USCRI urges immediate action by Congress to protect all TPS holders, maintain families and provide meaningful legal alternatives for those from El Salvador, Haiti, Sudan, Nicaragua and Nepal. Pabitra Khati Benjamin, executive director of New York-based human rights organization Adhikaar, told the Boston Globe that Nepal has yet to recover from the damage, and can not reabsorb citizens. After the devastating natural disaster that literally ripped their home to pieces, thousands of Nepalis have successfully remade their lives in our NY, becoming a key piece of the fabric of our communities. Yes, the country is functioning but that is in part as a result of TPS holders sending money back home to rebuild.

"Terminating TPS for Nepal is not just wrong but immoral", Pabitra Khati Benjamin, executive director of Adhikaar, a New York City-based Nepali advocacy group, said in a statement.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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