Posted on May 10, 2018
Queens’ Nepali immigrants slam decision to end TPS
Community statement on #Nepal #TPS – While an official statement has not yet been released by DHS, please read and share this community statement. Thank you. #temporaryprotectedstatus #NepalTPS pic.twitter.com/AEp8d4QmxG
— adhikaar (@adhikaar) April 25, 2018
Hosted by the Queens-based immigrant advocacy group Adhikaar, some 100 people gathered at the Satya Narayan Mandir, located at 75-15 Woodside Ave., to discuss the implications of the end of Temporary Protected Status, as well as commemorate the devastating earthquake that promoted the federal government to offer TPS protections.
On April 25, 2015, the mountainous country of Nepal was struck by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, which killed nearly 9,000 people and caused widespread devastation.
About 5,000 Nepali citizens, many living in Queens, are TPS recipients. The status must be renewed periodically and the most recent renewal occurred on Dec. 26, 2016… under the Trump administration, the Department of Homeland Security has opted not to renew these protections, putting thousands at risk of deportation.
The gathering struck a defiant tone… Many blamed not only the federal government for its inaction, but also the Nepali government for failing to advocate for them and, at a minimum, to secure an extension against the deportation deadline, as has been the case with Haiti and El Salvador. Adhikaar and their supporters demand an immediate extension to TPS, as well as a lasting legislative solution.