MINNEAPOLIS (July, 19, 2018) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today expressed disappointment that the Trump administration decided to extend but not re-designate Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Somali nationals currently in the United States.
By only extending for 18 months TPS for Somalis – and not re-designating the status – means that Somali nationals who arrived to the U.S. after May 1, 2012 will not be eligible to apply for TPS. However, the 500 current enrolled TPS holders from Somalia are eligible to re-register for an extension of their status for 18 months, through March 17, 2020. There are an estimated over thousand Somali Nationals that could have enrolled to TPS if it was reinstated.
“Nearly 500 TPS holders and their families today are relieved by the news of the extension, However, an estimated over a thousand will not be able to enroll to TPS” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “We will continue our efforts by urging congress to provide a path for Permanent residency for TPS, DED holders”.
LINK TO DHS TPS EXTENSION ANNOUNCEMENT
07/19/secretary-homeland- security-kirstjen-m-nielsen- announcement-temporary- protected#
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.