DECISION TO EXTEND TPS FOR SOMALIA DOES NOT GO FAR ENOUGH TO PROTECT VULNERABLE PEOPLE SEEKING PROTECTION

July 19th, 2018

For Immediate Release/available online

Contact: Info@undocublack.org

Washington, DC - Today, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has announced an extension and not a redesignation of  Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Somalia. DHS has put Somali TPS holders on an 18 month notice. This decision does not include thousands of other Somali nationals that would eligible for TPS and is a continuation of this administration’s closing off the border to people seeking safety and protection.

 

Policy Director for the UndocuBlack Network, Patrice Lawrence said , “We continue to hear heart-wrenching stories from our UndocuBlack family who are devastated by anti immigration policy. The Cold War and America’s war on terror have continuously contributed to the crisis in Somalia. For the American government to turn its government to people who want access to basic needs like food, security and shelter is unconscionable. We needed a re-designation, the conditions in Somalia have worsened since this year and definitely since the last re-designation in 2012. We know that this will cause added instability for several mixed status Somali families who are simultaneously being denied asylum. This is not enough.”

 

Somali TPS holder Ali Abdul who has shown immense fortitude at this really difficult time is devastated for his friends, “While I feel so relieved to know that my TPS got extended, I feel so sorry for my friends who I talk to every night. They will not be able to apply for TPS. I was hoping they would get a chance too, a lot of them still have check ins with ICE and can be deported at any time.”

 

This  administration has demonstrated its hatred of Muslims and Trump has been specifically xenophobic to Somalis. In a couple of visits to Minnesota, a state with the largest population of Somalis in the US, the President has shown nothing but contempt to a group of people who simply want the opportunity to exist. Like everyone of us, they have the right to work, have families and enjoy the freedom to simply be.

 

Like millions of people, Ali is  directly impacted by white supremacist policies. The administration’s decisions are a direct attack on their humanity and continues to create long-term trauma on families.

 

UndocuBlack Network continues to demand a permanent solution for all TPS and DED holders. The next TPS related news will be the expiration of legal status for Sudanese TPS holders which takes effect on November 2, 2018.

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UndocuBlack Network says Secretary Nielsen’s decision NOT to re-designate TPS for Yemen is  cold-hearted and cruel; denies U.S. culpability.

July 5th, 2018

For Immediate Release

Contact: Info@undocublack.org

Washington, DC - Today, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced an extension and not a redesignation of  Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Yemen. This means an 18 month extension for only current TPS holders and does not allow new applicants to apply for TPS.

Policy Director for the UndocuBlack Network, Patrice Lawrence said , “This decision should have been an easy one  - re-designation, a new protection, for all Yemenis in the United States since  this crisis began. Not only is this decision cold-hearted and cruel, it also demonstrates blatant disregard for the lives the U.S. is responsible for.  There is a civil war in Yemen fueled with U.S. weapons and involvement. How does secretary Nielsen acknowledge that Yemen has ongoing armed conflict yet does not offer safety? Where is her conscience?”

UndocuBlack Network shares that it is an ethical and moral responsibility to protect Yemenis from suffering and death particularly because the American government has contributed to the current civil war and humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

 

UndocuBlack Network continues to demand a permanent solution for all TPS holders. A TPS decision is due for Somalia TPS July 19, 2018, and we appeal for a redesignation; like Yemen, Somalia faces an insurmountable humanitarian crisis and ongoing armed conflict.

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UndocuBlack Network condemns SCOTUS anti-worker decision: Supreme Court ruling threatens the future of unions and its members

June 27, 2018

For Immediate Release Contact: Info@undocublack.org

Washington, DC - In the last couple of days, the US Supreme Court has made rulings that are a direct attack on our communities and will take centuries to undo. Today, in Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the judges have decided that workers are not required to pay fees into public sector unions that represent them. The conservative judges are imposing their false morality ideologies to control women’s reproductive rights, ban Muslims from coming into this country and to favor billionaires against working class people.

The UndocuBlack Network stands in solidarity with working people. Unions are especially important for Black people, immigrants and people of color as a bargaining tool for better pay and better working conditions. Unions have made our people, our economy and our movements stronger throughout history. The Supreme Court has demonstrated that it continues to favor corporate interests over the wellbeing of working families. The majority of the judges are complicit in upholding white supremacist ideology where capitalism rules at the expense of our communities.

Unions are needed now more than ever. We must continue to fight!

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UndocuBlack Network condemns SCOTUS ruling. SCOTUS is complicit in institutional discrimination and xenophobic Muslim Ban. Shame.

June 26, 2018

For Immediate Release

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Washington, DC - The Supreme Court of the United States announced this morning that they uphold the Trump administration’s third iteration of the Muslim Ban. The 5-4 ruling in the Trump vs. Hawaii et al case comes after outrage and concern about the impact of such a draconian policy.

The Muslim Ban was a promise from Trump’s presidential campaign and restricts legal migration, temporary visas from several Muslim majority countries - Libya, Iran, Syria, Somalia and Yemen as well as two non-Muslim countries- North Korea and Venezuela. The approval of this ban sanctions institutional discrimination and enforces the criminalizing of Muslim communities.

Below is the official statement from the UndocuBlack Network:

“This decision by SCOTUS is a shame and a disgrace. The Muslim Ban is islamophobic and xenophobic; the Supreme Court is now complicit. It is a continuation of Trump’s white supremacist agenda seeking to end migration of Black and Brown people.  

The Muslim Ban, like all immigration sanctions brought under this White House, including ending Temporary Protected Status and DACA, are vicious attacks on our communities.

The Department of Homeland Security’s statement supporting the ban underscores false narratives and stereotypes about people of color that we reject and condemn. We will not stand by this administration’s dehumanizing of Muslims.

This ruling is immoral. The Muslim Ban violates civil rights, human rights and basic human decency. Shame on the majority of the Supreme Court. Shame on this administration.”

The UndocuBlack Network along with other advocates continue to fight and will host a congressional briefing in Washington, DC this Thursday, June 28th to advocate for extension of Temporary Protected Status for Yemen and Somalia.

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No jails, No cages, No shackles: White House executive order is an insult, does not solve family separation.

 

June 20, 2018

For Immediate Release

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Washington, DC - The Stephen Miller run White House just announced an executive order to detain families, together, indefinitely.   The order does not reverse recent ‘Zero tolerance’ policy announced by the Department of Homeland Security, nor does it allow asylum seekers to go through the process peacefully.  Instead, the order allows for broader practices of detaining some of the most vulnerable people in the world by opening up the possibilities of suitable “facilities”, jails for loved ones, together.

The White House response comes after mounting pressure to end Trump’s detention and deportation of children and their loved ones while seeking asylum. June 20th is recognized worldwide as ‘World Refugee Day’.

Below is the official statement of the UndocuBlack Network:

“Families belong together, but not in cages.  People have a right to seek refuge; international law prescribes and basic human decency obligates that we allow them to do so in peace.  The U.S. needs to allow people to seek asylum. We reject 45’s executive order to jail families together. Criminalizing those seeking safety while continuing to build upon the prison industrial complex by detaining asylum seeker families together is not what we are demanding.

The Trump administration orchestrated this crisis by enacting the ‘zero tolerance’ policy. Just yesterday, the president referred to immigrants as vermin and an infestation. We understand the true racist, anti-immigrant, white supremacist intentions of Stephen Miller and by extension Donald Trump - this new executive order is is dangerous. They must end the ‘zero tolerance’ policy now, it’s the only solution.”

 

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Trump Administration Adds Seventh Country to Deportation List: Ends TPS for  Honduras

For Immediate Release

May 4, 2018

Contact: info@undocublack.org, 443-300-6516

Washington, DC - In less than a week, the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielson has callously announced the termination of Temporary Protected Status for yet another country, Honduras.  Seemingly in jest, DHS claimed that “Nielsen Carefully Considered Conditions on the Ground” in  Honduras, but several human rights organizations, advocates, TPS holders including the UndocuBlack Network substantiate otherwise.  Honduras has had protection since 1999, DHS made the decision to terminate TPS for the over 50,000 nationals covered, effective January 5, 2020.

“What seems most striking and contradictory about the decision is that the U.S. State department issued travel warnings for Honduras ,which are in effect as of January 10, 2018, at the same time however, Honduras was deemed safe enough to return to for Honduran nationals.  We encourage all allies to join us in raising the very obvious political agenda and racist motivations for ending TPS and DED for so many developing countries which are continually inconsistent with the current country conditions for these territories. ” - Patrice Lawrence, National Policy and Advocacy Director, UndocuBlack Network

Honduras is the seventh country to have their TPS or DED status terminated by the Trump Administration along with Sudan, Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Liberia and Nepal, just last week. As we fight for justice in immigration, we must commit to fighting for permanent solutions for TPS. The best permanent solutions that TPS holders support are ones that provide full permanent protection for all countries including Guinea and Sierra Leone who lost status in 2017.  

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Trump Administration Adds Sixth Country to Deportation List: Ends TPS for Nepal

For Immediate Release

April 26, 2018

Contact: info@undocublack.org, 443-300-6516

Washington, DC - In an unpopular decision, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielson announced the termination of Temporary Protected Status for Nepal today.  The law is clear, it requires DHS to extend TPS if the home country has not recovered from the initial disaster prompting the designation, Nepal has not. Nepal is the sixth country to have their TPS or DED status terminated by the Trump Administration, joining Sudan, Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Liberia. The decisions for Honduras, Somalia and Yemen are fast approaching.

According to various studies including those by the 2015 earthquake in Nepal destroyed  over 750,000 homes, 900 health care facilities and 7,000 classrooms.  A short 3 years later, the country still suffers from lack of  infrastructural and basic needs including accessible food and water. The 9000 Nepalis covered by TPS presently build and assist their home country while strengthening the U.S.

“Nepal TPS extension should have been a fairly easy one to make, the need is clear.It is dumbfounding how this Administration does not care to hide their bias and their fundamental problem of racism.  Yet again, Secretary Nielson has made a decision to end protection for a vulnerable country based on feelings of entitlement instead of facts. It is unoriginal and follows the pattern of her two predecessors in just this short 15 catastrophic months since the Trump Administration took power:  Acting Secretary Elaine Duke and Secretary Kelly. If ever we beckon to the need for the other branch of government to rise up, Congress, it is now. The list of instances of disregard for human rights and dignity just keeps getting longer and longer.”

- Patrice Lawrence, National Policy & Advocacy Director, UndocuBlack Network

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Where is the spine of our leaders?: The decision to end #TrumpShutdown without a bipartisan deal leaves the American public, Immigrants, parents and their children wondering.

For Immediate Release

January 22, 2018

Contact: info@undocublack.org, 443-300-6516

Washington, DC - The Senate has just voted to reopen the government without any consequential or long-term bipartisan agreement on the nation’s pressing issues: Disaster relief for U.S. states including Puerto Rico, budget caps and the DREAM Act. Dubbed the #TrumpShutdown, the federal government was closed for a little over two and a half days beginning Friday, January 19th because the leaders on both sides were unwilling to come to agreement on the nation’s spending bill and its amendments. The motion in the Senate today was the same as what was agreed to in the House prior to the shutdown, except it comes with a loose commitment to revisit immigration talks ahead of the next funding vote on February 8, 2018.  

“It seems as if Donald Trump is not the only one who does not understand the art of a deal; in reopening the government, Democrats have displayed the same. It is dangerous for Democrats to cave while Mitch McConnell still refers to undocumented immigrants with derogatory slurs spewing lies, misrepresenting the wishes of the American public. The reality is that over 75% of Americans demand a DREAM Act and are desperate for a permanent solution for immigrant youth and their families.

Patrice Lawrence, Policy Director, UndocuBlack Network - We imagine that in the coming weeks, Congress should brace for the outrage of immigration and children’s advocates, undocumented immigrants including DACA recipients, TPS and DED  holders, their families, friends and our allies who are steadfast in their commitment to the most vulnerable.  Congress has one more chance to make this right, and that is before the end of the next C.R. on Thursday, February 8th.  Best believe, we will be present and vigilant. 

Jonathan Jayes-Green, co-founder and Director, UndocuBlack Network - “This is a disgraceful day for our country. The Democratic Party and its leaders sent a message today, and it was loud and clear: they allegedly care about the immigrant community but are willing to put our fates in the hands of those who have been unwilling to protect us. Every deportation from here on out, every immigrant detention, every person losing their DACA and TPS status lies partly in the hands of Democratic leadership, not just Trump. We will never forget this day.”

 

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