September 22, 2017
Media Contact: Janine Walsh
Franciscans Question Cruel Administration Decision to End TPS for Sudan
Washington, D.C. - Franciscan Action Network has been concerned about threats to Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for both South Sudanese and Sudanese living in the United States. "We believe the administration was right to grant an extension of 18 months for South Sudan, but strongly disagree with termination of TPS for Sudan," stated Executive Director Patrick Carolan. "Has DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke actually visited Sudan or merely reviewed conditions on paper?"
Several months ago, the United Nations issued a report indicating that there are 2.3 million displaced people in Sudan needing humanitarian assistance, including 8,200 people who have been recently displaced due to ongoing conflict in Darfur. Added to this, Sudan faces a growing cholera epidemic and 3.6 million people experience food insecurity. How can these conditions possibly be "sufficiently improved for TPS purposes," as Elaine Duke has determined? FAN is also concerned that public notice about the termination of TPS for Sudan, which should have been published in the Federal Register on September 3rd, had still not been published as of September 21st, although the DHS decision was announced on September 18th.
Currently, there are 435,000 TPS holders in the U.S. from 10 countries, people who are living peacefully, raising families and working, thus contributing to the U.S. economy. Soon the administration will be making decisions on whether or not to extend TPS for Haiti, Honduras, El Salvador and Syria. FAN urges the administration to extend TPS for Sudan and other countries as long as life threatening conditions prevail.