WASHINGTON, D.C. – ICDR International has urged Secretary of Homeland Security, Honorable Kirstjen M. Nielsen to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nepali nationals living in the United States.
The letter notes that, failure to extend TPS for Nepali nationals would have a negative impact on both the U.S. and Nepali economies, endangering lives, further destabilizing Nepal, and potentially separating families. It is in the U.S. national interest to extend TPS for Nepali nationals. Nepali TPS holders across the U.S. make significant contributions to the U.S. economy, including key industries such as hospitality and care. In addition to major economic contributions, due to the length of humanitarian crisis and instable political situation in Nepal, many TPS holders now have U.S. citizen children. Ending TPS will break up hundreds of families and put children in harm. Nepal’s Ambassador to the U.S., Dr. Arjun K Karki recently stated that he and Government of Nepal have advised the U.S. Government that an extension of TPS will improve living conditions for Nepalese. This request is clear evidence that conditions in Nepal warrant an extension of TPS for at least 18 months.
The ICDR notes that, ending TPS would take away this lifeline, needlessly destabilizing a country that is struggling to rebuild. The Nepali diaspora has enriched and strengthened the U.S. in immeasurable ways. It is the moral imperative of Americans to stand with those in need, and we urge you to exercise your discretion to extend TPS for Nepali nationals until the situation stabilizes.
The full text is reprinted below, and a copy of the letter is available here.
Dil Bishkarma (D.B. Sagar)
Leading a global movement of people fighting caste-and descent-based discrimination