Today’s announcement by the Department of Homeland Security of an 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status for Syria, while extending protection for some, leaves more recently arrived Syrians at risk. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced her decision not to re-designate TPS for Syria, but to simply extend the program for 18 months.
Days before Syrian immigrants with Temporary Protected Status could be placed at risk of being deported back to an active war zone, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. released a report detailing why TPS should be extended and redesignated for Syria.
As the Catholic world marks National Migration Week, it is especially appalling that President Trump has so graphically enunciated the contempt he feels for people in struggling nations, said Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
The Trump administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador in September 2019 will mean wrenching decisions and heartache for 200,000 families that have made the United States their home while their native land continues to struggle.
The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. and Church World Service delivered a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, urging the agency to extend Temporary Protected Status for nearly 200,000 Salvadoran TPS holders for at least another 18 months.
CLINIC has joined other Catholic agencies that work with immigrants in a letter calling for the extension of Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador to be continued. The Department of Homeland Security is due to decide by Jan. 8, 2018, whether to extend TPS for El Salvador.
Eight immigrant rights organizations filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and Office of Inspector General today on behalf of some of the 400 people swept up this summer in a DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operation.
CLINIC joined the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, Catholic Relief Services, and Catholic Charities USA in urging Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke to extend Haiti’s Temporary Protected Status for 18 months.
SILVER SPRING, Maryland – "It is reprehensible that the administration has terminated Temporary Protected Status for 50,000 vulnerable Haitians," said Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network. “The administration ignored overwhelming evidence that Haiti is far from ready to accept the return of 50,000 people and their families.”
SILVER SPRING, Maryland – A trio of recent reports on Haiti’s recovery from natural and man-made disasters points to the urgency of extending Temporary Protected Status. Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke must act on whether to continue or terminate TPS for Haiti by Nov. 23.