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Release: TPS Win on Somalia Means Continued Safety from Conflict and Humanitarian Crisis for Somalis in the U.S.

Advocates Commend Biden Administration’s Decision to Extend and Redesignate Temporary Protected Status for Somalia 

 

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NATIONWIDE – The annual National Immigrant Inclusion Conference (NIIC) 2022, the largest conference in the country focused on immigrant and refugee issues, celebrates its 15th anniversary this year with a powerful in-person, three-day event at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor in Maryland from December 11 - 13, 2022. It will be the first gathering of the entire sector supporting immigrants and refugees following this year’s consequential midterm elections, and takes place just days after the final Senate runoff contest in Georgia.

New York, NY.- African Communities Together (ACT), one of the country's largest organizations of and for African immigrants, welcomed a major gift of $3 million from philanthropist Mackenzie Scott, as part of Scott's commitment to distributing funds to organizations supporting the voices and opportunities of people from underserved communities. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, 109 organizations issued a letter to the administration urging Secretary Mayorkas to designate Mali for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. Since 2012, the country has been experiencing ongoing armed conflict which has resulted in thousands of civilian deaths.  Armed extremist groups, ethnic militias, government security forces, and Russian mercenaries regularly commit widespread human rights violations and abuses against the civilian population. Food insecurity and extreme poverty, in addition to the armed conflict, have resulted in over 6.3 million people in Mali in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. Recent coups, in 2020 and 2021, have created further political and economic instability, unrest, and a security crisis that makes returning to the country extremely unsafe. 

Washington – After 15 hours of debate and attempts by Republican Senators to harm immigrant communities and permanently end asylum at the southern border, the Inflation Reduction Act has passed the senate. CUSP joined other immigrant groups in our call for Congress to vote ‘no’ on any anti-immigrant or anti-asylum amendments during this process. We thank Congressional champions who heeded the call of our communities by holding the line and passing this bill with no harmful immigration amendments. 

Communities United for Status and Protection (CUSP), a national collaborative of grassroots immigrant community organizations, uplifts the undocumented immigrant youths and allies whose steadfast organizing won protection for millions of immigrant children on the 10th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Ten years later, our communities continue to be targets of anti-immigrant policies and nearly every executive action on immigration is now challenged in court. Hundreds of thousands of families are in limbo due to Congress’s inability to pass legislation to give status to the DACAmented. We call on Democrats to deliver on their promises of permanent protections for our communities now!

NEW YORK, NY — Today the New York State Legislature passed the Stop Immigration Bond Abuse Act (SIMBAA) [#A7770 / #S7475]. The bill, co-sponsored by Senator Jamaal Bailey and Assemblymember Harvey Epstein, received incredible support from representatives in both houses who understood the urgent need to provide consumer protections to their immigrant constituents who have been exploited by private immigration bond companies for years.