For Immediate Release: February 21, 2019
Contact: Bilal Askaryar; firstname.lastname@example.org; 202-750-0960
More than 300 Interfaith Voices Call on DHS to Re-Designate and Extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for South Sudan for 18 Months
Washington, DC – Church World Service (CWS) and Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) in collaboration with 97 national, state, and local faith-based organizations today delivered a letter signed by more than 211 faith leaders to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen leadership to re-designate and extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for South Sudan for at least 18 months.
In the letter, faith leaders and faith-based organizations outlined the persisting and dangerous conditions in South Sudan that would prevent the safe return of TPS holders, and urged the Secretary to make a compassionate decision:
“As people of faith, we remain steadfast in our commitment to stand on the side of morality and welcome those in need. We call on our country to do the same. South Sudanese TPS holders are our brothers and sisters. Their families live and work in our communities, and their children have grown up in the United States. Safe return to South Sudan is impossible at this time for TPS holders and those that might qualify for TPS if it were redesignated. Accordingly, we call on you to grant the maximum protection possible through 18-month extension and redesignation.”
To read the full text of the letter, please click here.
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