New York, NY—Today, the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) commended the Department of Homeland Security’s designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Afghanistan. While NYIC welcomed a decision long sought after by advocates, the organization underscored the continued exclusion from similar protections facing Haitians, Cameroonians, Ethiopians, Mauritanians, Black migrants attempting to flee Ukraine, and other Black migrants.
Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition:
"The Biden administration’s TPS designation finally provides much-needed relief to countless families from Afghanistan who have feared deportation back to a country that is no longer safe or stable. While this is welcome news, we renew our calls for an Afghan Adjustment Act to allow Afghan evacuees and parolees an opportunity to seek lawful permanent resident status. Additionally, we demand the Biden Administration do more to protect the lives of Black and Brown immigrant families who are facing similar situations in their home countries. President Biden must also designate TPS to those from Cameroon, Mauritania, Honduras, and Ethiopia, among others, end anti-Black, anti-asylum policies, and commit to welcoming all people with dignity."