(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/2/15) â€“ Â The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed a decision by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to designate Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Yemeni nationals currently in the United States.
In April, CAIR with joined the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the National Association of Yemeni Americans (NAYA), the Yemeni American Association (YAA), the Yemeni American Benevolent Association (YABA), and the Yemeni American Civil Rights Coalition (YACRC) in filing a formal petition with DHS requesting that Temporary Protected Status be granted to Yemeni nationals. Â Â
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Due to the worsening humanitarian situation on the ground in Yemen and the mounting number of deaths, the forced return of civilians poses a grave threat to their personal safety. Â
Under 8 U.S.C. Â§ 1254a, the Department of Homeland Security may designate any foreign state or part of a foreign state for Temporary Protected Status if there is ongoing armed conflict within the state and, due to the conflict, requiring the return of nationals to that state or part of a state would pose a serious threat to their personal safety. The facts presented in the petition make it clear that the ongoing conflict in Yemen has made the country unsafe, and current conditions pose a serious threat to the personal safety of those forced to return. Â
TPS designation does not result in a permanent stay for the nationals; rather it is a temporary relief. A TPS designation would allow nationals of Yemen to remain in the U.S. on a temporary basis until the violence ends or subsides. Â
On April 2, 2015, CAIR, ADC and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus (ALC) launched a website, StuckInYemen.com, seeking information on Americans trapped in Yemen. On April 9, ADC and CAIR filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter seeking government action to evacuate American citizens trapped in Yemen. Â The lawsuit is still pending.
The ADC Legal Department and CAIR Civil Rights Department are providing assistance to nationals of Yemen in the U.S. who are seeking immigration assistance.Â
An advance copy of the DHS Notice regarding TPS for Yemen states in part:Â
â€œThis designation allows eligible Yemeni nationals who have continuously resided in the United States since September 3, 2015, and have been continuously physically present in the United States since September 3, 2015 to be granted TPS.â€Â
For questions pertaining to TPS, or other immigration matters, please contact the CAIR Civil Rights Department at email@example.com or 202-742-6420 or contact the ADC Legal Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-244-2990.Â
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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