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Rejecting TPS for Yemen and Somalia Irresponsible and Careless
July 20, 2018, Washington, DC – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) expressed frustration over the decision to only extend, and not re-designate, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for both Yemen and Somalia. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:
“We are deeply disappointed with the Administration’s decision against redesignating both Yemen and Somalia as nations with Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Both Yemen and Somalia are two countries besieged by ongoing armed conflict and humanitarian crises.
“This irresponsible decision, compounded by the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of Trump’s Muslim Ban, which includes Yemeni nationals, has effectively shut our nation’s doors to Yemenis fleeing for their lives. More than 130 children die every day in Yemen from hunger and disease, as the food crisis worsens. Additionally, the ongoing armed conflict has disrupted the medical infrastructure and cholera is rampant and exacerbated by the intentional targeting of water stations by military action.
“Since Somalia’s initial designation in 1991, the country has continued to suffer from war and wide-spread famine. As of March 2018, 5.4 million people were still in need of emergency assistance throughout the country, including more than 300,000 children.
“These back-to-back decisions come after the administration has already terminated TPS for six countries that could lead to 273,000 US born children being separated from their parents. We urge the Trump Administration to not only extend but redesignate TPS for both Somalia and Yemen.”
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