(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 7/19/18) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today expressed disappointment that the Trump administration decided to extend but not redesignate Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Somali nationals currently in the United States.
By only extending for 18 months TPS for Somalis – and not redesignating 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
SEE Video: CAIR-MN Calls for Extension of TPS for Somalis in U.S.