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ICYMI: New York Daily News Op-Ed: Canceling protected status for Nepalese immigrants will devastate my family

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Next Temporary Protected Status Decision: Honduras, 5/4/2018, 2 Days

As we await this week’s Honduras TPS renewal decision by Friday May 4, 2018, Flora Margolis, in an Op-Ed featured in the New York Daily News, recalls how Trump’s decision late last week to terminate TPS for Nepal affected her family.

Read the entire op-ed, excerpted below, here.

“Our family is reeling from this decision, as we envision one of our own being funneled back into a country that has not adequately recovered from the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that accounted for the country’s first TPS designation in June 2015. The earthquake struck less than 50 miles from the capital of Nepal, which is home to about 25% of the country’s entire population.

Today, Nepal still struggles with inadequate infrastructure that restricts access to basic needs like housing, healthcare, education, and food and water security. Beyond this, the country is reeling from civil unrest and additional natural disasters, like catastrophic flooding. Recovery in Nepal has been one step forward and two steps back — and there is no sign of this changing anytime soon.

For all of these reasons, I urge the administration to extend TPS for 18 months to all recipient countries with upcoming deadlines, especially Honduras, as approximately 57,000 Honduran TPS holders will learn on or before May 4 whether they will face a similar fate as Nepalis.”