USCRI Urges the Administration and Congress to Continue the Humanitarian Program for Nepalis
For Immediate Release:
April 26, 2018
ARLINGTON, VA –
The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) strongly opposes today’s announcement by Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen to terminate the humanitarian program of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for approximately 9,000 legally present Nepalis.
“Today we find ourselves with a decision made against contributing members of our communities who have lived, worked and paid taxes legally in the United States,” said Eskinder Negash, President and Chief Executive Officer for USCRI.
Country conditions in Nepal are fragile in the wake of widespread destruction from an earthquake in 2015. Less than 13% of the homes affected have been rebuilt and for those that have, it is due to the remittances sent by Nepalis working in America. Nepali TPS holders contribute to the US economy as well as regional stability. Nepali TPS holders work legally in the United States, especially in important sectors like home health care services.
USCRI staff visited Nepal in 1990 to document the conditions of Tibetan refugees living in the country who had fled Chinese occupation and persecution in Tibet.
The termination of TPS for Nepalis follows on the same decision made for those from El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Haiti earlier this fiscal year as well as the closure of the Central American Minor refugee program. These actions continue to disrupt the lives of law abiding, tax paying individuals across the country.
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.
For over 100 years, USCRI has protected the rights and addressed the needs of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide and supported their transition to a dignified life.