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Velázquez, Schumer, and 42 Members of Congress Call on the Administration to Extend and Redesignate Temporary Protected Status for Nepal

Velázquez, Schumer, and 42 Members of Congress Call on the Administration to Extend and Redesignate Temporary Protected Status for Nepal
August 20, 2021
Press Release

Washington D.C. - Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and 43 members of congress sent a letter to Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and Secretary of State Antony Blinken to urge an 18-month extension and redesignation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nepal.
 
“In the past year Nepal has dealt with a global pandemic, political violence, and record-level flooding which has displaced a significant number of people across the country,” said Representative Velázquez. “To this day Nepal continues to struggle from the crises of last year, leaving the country in no condition to receive the nearly 37,000 Nepali people living in the United States who cannot apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) because they arrived after the 2015 cut-off date. The United States needs to always be ready to offer safe haven to those that are in need and right now, thousands of Nepali people are fearful of returning to their home country. TPS is a crucial humanitarian tool that can offer life-saving protection, and I urge the Biden Administration to take swift action for the Nepali people.”
 
As of June 16, 2021, the U.S. State Department lists Nepal at the highest-level travel advisory, instructing travelers not to travel to Nepal due to continued high risk of COVID-19 and political turmoil.

“Over the years I have fought hard to protect the Nepalese community, which is why we need to extend and redesignate Temporary Protected Status for Nepali Nationals. Nepal has unfortunately suffered from earthquakes, political turmoil, and human rights violations, with the COVID-19 pandemic only making conditions worse. Extending TPS to new recipients is also essential to prevent family separation. To send members of our community back to Nepal right now would be wrong,” said Senator Schumer.

The full letter and list of signatories is available here.