This report documents the clear and acute need for an extension of Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for Nepal for at least another 18 months. The law requires the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to extend TPS when after review, the secretary determines that the conditions for the designation continue to be met. Nepal still meets the requirements as it continues to rebuild from the cataclysmic earthquake and aftershocks of April and May of 2015. A lack of adequate housing, destroyed public infrastructure that restricts access to basic needs and services, health care and education and persistent food and water insecurity makes the safe return of nearly 9,000 Nepali TPS holders impossible at this time. In addition to the short time since the earthquake, civil unrest and intervening natural disasters—namely catastrophic flooding that affected nearly all of Nepal’s southern border region in the summer of 2017—have slowed progress and prevented the country from adequately recovering.
The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. advocates for the continued use of TPS for Nepal and all countries in need. Read our recommendations for the administration regarding Temporary Protected Status for Nepal. Please feel free to use this quick reference in your advocacy work.