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CAIR Urges DHS Protection for Pakistanis Impacted by Quake

CAIR Urges DHS Protection for Pakistanis Impacted by Quake

(WASHINGTON, DC, 11/07/2005) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced that it has joined with almost 50 other groups in requesting that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Pakistani nationals in the U.S. who cannot return to the parts of their homeland devastated by the recent earthquake.

TPS is a temporary measure granted to eligible nationals of designated countries. It is granted where there is evidence of civil unrest, violence or natural disasters, or where there are extraordinary, temporary conditions that that make returning to a country impossible or unsafe.

SEE: “Groups, Lawmakers Want Pakistan on ‘Protected Status’ List”
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newyork/ny-bc-ny–pakistanprotected1104nov04,0,426778.story

In 1998, the Clinton administration granted TPS to Montserrat, Honduran and Nicaraguan nationals after volcanic eruptions and hurricanes devastated their homelands. In 2001, the Bush Administration granted TPS to El Salvadoran nationals following two earthquakes.

Currently, there is an effort to grant Guatemalans TPS due to the environmental disaster there earlier this year. As of January 2005, nationals of eight designated countries have been able to apply for TPS: Burundi, El Salvador, Honduras, Liberia, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Somalia, and Sudan.

CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Corey Saylor, 202-646-6039 or 571-278-4658, E-Mail: csaylor@cair-net.org

 

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