April 26, 2018

Hirono: DHS Decision to Terminate Nepal TPS Is Heartless, Continues Attacks on Vulnerable Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mazie K. Hirono denounced the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nepalese nationals living in the United States following the devastating earthquake in April 2015 that killed more than 9,000 people and rendered thousands more displaced and homeless.

“The devastating damage in Nepal and the challenges its government faces to rebuild clearly meet the definition of ‘extraordinary circumstance’ required to extend Temporary Protected Status to Nepalese nationals,” Senator Hirono said. “Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen’s decision to terminate Nepal’s TPS designation is another heartless example of Secretary Nielsen’s attacks on immigrants and vulnerable communities.”

Last week, Senator Hirono led 23 Senators in urging Secretary Nielsen and Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan to extend Nepal’s TPS status.