September 09, 2021

Reps. Neguse, Omar Urge Adoption of TPS for Mauritania, Cameroon, and Ethiopia

Washington D.C.—Today, Congressman Joe Neguse, who serves as Vice-Chair of the House Immigration Subcommittee, and Congresswoman Ilhan Omar sent a letter to the Biden Administration urging establishment of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for multiple African countries experiencing humanitarian crises. The letter urges TPS status be offered to individuals from Ethiopia, Mauritania and Cameroon, as previously requested by Amnesty International and other organizations in August of 2021.  

“TPS was created by Congress as a blanket protection to safeguard foreign nationals in the United States if conditions in their country of origin make safe return impossible,” write the lawmakers. “Specifically, we request that you designate the countries of Mauritania, Cameroon, and Ethiopia for TPS protection. While we appreciate the steps DHS has taken this year to designate additional countries for TPS, we believe it is critical to recognize that many in the African immigrant community warrant such protection as well.” 

With regard to the conflict in Ethiopia, Congressman Neguse further stated, “The ongoing armed conflict and violence in Ethiopia must end, and I reiterate the call of the State Department that all parties immediately end hostilities and implement a negotiated ceasefire. I condemn the reported human rights violations and atrocities in Tigray, and firmly believe there must be an independent investigation and accountability for the same. I will continue to support the State Department’s efforts to bring peace to the region and address this ongoing humanitarian crisis.”  

Previously, on May 4, 2021, Congressman Neguse issued a statement expressing his deep concern regarding the ongoing armed conflict in Ethiopia and human rights abuses in Tigray and called for a ceasefire and end to the conflict. He is one of only a few members of Colorado’s congressional delegation to have issued a statement regarding the crisis.