US officials cited the ongoing war in Yemen, the humanitarian crisis and the COVID pandemic as reasons for the 18-month extension of TPS.
The Biden administration expanded a plan to allow Yemenis already in the United States to stay in the country without worrying about being deported, saying Ongoing conflict The humanitarian crisis in Yemen prevented them from returning safely.
The Department of Homeland Security stated that the redesignated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will allow approximately 1,700 Yemenis to maintain their identities until March 3, 2023, and allow approximately 480 Yemenis to apply In the statement Tuesday.
The Minister of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, said: “The humanitarian and economic situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate, making it impossible for people to return home safely.”
Mayokas cited Yemen’s ongoing armed conflict, lack of access to food, water and medical care, and the deterioration of the economic and humanitarian situation of the COVID-19 pandemic as one of the reasons for his decision.
Nowadays, @SecMayorkas Announced the extension and redesignation of Yemen’s temporary protection status for 18 months #TPSThe extension and redesignation will take effect from September 4, 2021 to March 3, 2023.
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-Department of Homeland Security (@DHSgov) July 6, 2021
The TPS for Yemenis will expire in September. The plan does not automatically grant them access to U.S. citizenship, but allows them to work in the U.S. and stay in the country without fear of deportation.
In 2014, Houthi armed groups controlled large areas of Yemen, including the capital Sana’a. In March 2015, the regional military alliance led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates intervened in an attempt to restore the government of President Abdullab Mansour Hadi, and the conflict escalated significantly.
The war in Yemen has led to what the United Nations calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Tens of thousands of people have lost their lives and millions have been displaced. Two-thirds of its 30 million people depend on aid.
United Nations Office of Child Rights (UNICEF) Said in a report This week, millions of Yemeni children need humanitarian and emergency education assistance. “Children are still the main victims of this terrible crisis, and 11.3 million people need some form of humanitarian or protection assistance,” it said.
At the same time, U.S. President Joe Biden faced pressure from rights groups and his own members of the Democratic Party, demanding that Washington stop supporting the Saudi-led Yemeni forces, and the Houthis, along with the Houthis, are accused of committing crimes during the ongoing conflict. War crimes.
February, Biden Announce The United States ended its support for the coalition’s “offensive operations” in Yemen and suspended arms sales to Saudi Arabia previously approved by the Trump administration.
In May, a group of influential American lawmakers also urged Biden Helped to raise $2.5 billion in aid For Yemenis to suffer in the humanitarian crisis.
The government’s actions are in stark contrast to Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, who tried to phase out the plan-an effort that Legal challenge.