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Brief #52 Immigration

April 24, 2018

Policy Summary

On Tuesday, April 24, The Washington Post reported that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is once again ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 9,000 Nepalis living in the United States legally under the program. DHS Secretary Kristjen Nielsen is allowing Nepali THS recipients to remain in the country for one year before they are forcibly removed, setting the official termination date to June 24, 2019. Nepalis now joins the ranks of Nicaraguans, Haitians, Liberians, and Salvadorans, who will also face deportation in 2018 and 2019 as DHS ends TPS for these populations as well. 9,000 citizens of Nepal came to the United States in 2015 after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake ravaged the South Asian republic, killing nearly 9,000 people, injuring 23,000 more, and destroying over 800,000 homes.


The decision to end TPS for the Nepalis community has received less pushback than the decision to end TPS for Nicaraguans, Haitians,  Liberians and Salvadorans last year and earlier this year. Perhaps this is due to the fact that the population of Nepalis living in the US under TPS is considerably smaller than those from the aforementioned nations, and that most Nepalis are living in a concentrated area, settling in New York City. However, while this decision effects less people and may have a smaller geo-economic impact, the implications still matter; it is yet another moved made by the Trump administration to cleanse the US of immigrants for unfounded, bigoted, and unjust reasons.

Engagement Resources

Act with America’s Voice: America’s Voice is a progressive immigration reform nonprofit that advocates for full and equal rights of all immigrants. The organization runs numerous campaignsmaps incidents of hate against people of color, and assists with voter registration, amongst other activities essential to promoting equity for immigrant lives in the United States. You can make a contribution to America’s Voice here.

Support the Center for Migration Studies:  The Center for Migration Studies is a think-tank and educational institute devoted to the study of international migration, to the promotion of understanding between immigrants and receiving communities, and to public policies that safeguard the dignity and rights of migrants, refugees and newcomers. You can support the institute through purchasing its publications or attending an event.

Stay Up to Date with the National Immigration Forum:  The National Immigration Forum is a DC-based nonprofit that leads the nation in constructive conversation and advocacy for the value of immigrants and immigration. The Forum is currently running a program called Immigration 2020, a multi-constituency effort to ensure that new Americans have the opportunities, skills, and status they need to contribute to the United States and realize their maximum potential. Join the organization’s email list to stay up date on all things related to immigration policy.

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