April 18, 2022

Congressman Neguse Renews Call for DHS to Adopt TPS for Mauritania and Ethiopia

Washington D.C. — Today, Congressman Joe Neguse, Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship, renewed his prior call for the establishment of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Ethiopia and Mauritania. 

Rep. Neguse previously led a letter with Rep. Ilhan Omar on September 9, 2021 to the Biden administration urging the establishment of TPS for Ethiopia, Mauritania, and Cameroon, each of which are experiencing humanitarian crises. On April 15, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the TPS designation of Cameroon for 18 months. Rep. Neguse’s letter previously urged the Department to designate all three countries for TPS status, as previously requested by Amnesty International and other organizations in August 2021. 

“While I applaud the Department’s decision to designate TPS for Cameroon — which many of us have been imploring DHS to do for over a year — the agency must do more,” Congressman Neguse stated. “As the Department is well aware, TPS was created by the Congress to safeguard foreign nationals in the U.S. if conditions in their country of origin make safe return impossible. As made clear in our letter last September, both Mauritania and Ethiopia plainly qualify under the statute.” 

Regarding the armed conflict in Ethiopia, Congressman Neguse further stated, “I support the actions taken by the Secretary of State and Secretary of the Treasury to end the conflict and address the ongoing humanitarian crisis, including the issuance of sanctions, and continue to condemn the reported human rights violations and atrocities in Tigray.”

Congressman Neguse has issued multiple statements expressing his deep concern regarding the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia. In October of 2021, he also submitted a letter to Assistant Secretary of State Lempert expressing grave concerns over reports of human rights violations against refugees in Libya — specifically mass incarcerations of refugees fleeing from Eritrea and Ethiopia —and imploring the State Department to take steps to end such unlawful detentions.