Dingell Thanks Trump Administration for Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Yemen
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) thanked the Trump Administration for understanding the critical importance of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Yemenis. TPS allows individuals from nations experiencing war, natural disasters, or extraordinary circumstances to live and work in the United States on a temporary basis. Yemen’s TPS status was set to expire on July 5, 2018. The extension announced today allows eligible individuals to re-register for an extension of their status for 18 months, through March 3, 2020. The status was originally designated in 2015 and re-designated in 2017 as the conflict and humanitarian crisis worsened.
“For Yemeni citizens living in the United States the looming expiration of Temporary Protected Status created uncertainty and a fear that they would be returned to a war-torn country,” said Dingell. “Forcing these Yemen citizens back to a country which remains in a constant state of war is potentially life-threatening. The extension of TPS status for Yemen is warranted, and I’m pleased to see more compassion and certainty for Yemenis impacted during this difficult time.”
During the designated period, eligible nationals of Yemen (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in Yemen) who are approved for TPS will not be removed from the United States. For more information about the application process and eligibility requirements, please visit www.uscis.gov/tps. Members of the community who need assistance should contact Dingell’s Dearborn office at 313-278-2936.
Last month, Dingell led a group of 39 of her colleagues in calling on the Trump Administration to extend and re-designate TPS for Yemen due to the ongoing armed conflict within the country.