Washington, DC – Today, the Biden Administration announced the extension and redesignation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for South Sudan for 18 months.
The following is a statement from Vanessa Cárdenas, Executive Director of America’s Voice:
“We commend the Biden Administration for today’s announcement to extend and redesignate TPS for South Sudan, and the advocates and Members of Congress who have kept South Sudan in the spotlight deserve praise and congratulations. Expanding the use of TPS bolsters our economy, strengthens families in the U.S., and stabilizes communities both domestically and in the countries of origin.
We all know that the current Congress will not allow anything sensible on immigration to pass, because, especially in the House, they are willing to do anything to make the immigration issue as divisive as possible. We know we need – and the American people support – an overhaul that modernizes our immigration system, but in the meantime, President Biden should use every tool at his disposal under current statute to remedy the damage that our out-of-date immigration system is doing. President Biden should continue to lean into solutions that provide stability in the interim – including redesignating TPS for the Ramos countries (El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Nepal) and delivering a new TPS designation for Guatemala. Additionally, the administration should follow the guidance of business, labor, and elected officials who have been calling for speeding up the process of delivering work permits to people who could be contributing fully to our economy.
These efforts will help American communities incorporate and integrate immigrants fully into the American fabric while we all wait for more rational voices in Congress to come to the table on real immigration solutions instead of perpetual and politicized obstruction.”