DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status for Somalia

In this June 5, 2015, file photo, the Homeland Security Department headquarters in northwest Washington. Photo: AP/Susan Walsh
In this June 5, 2015, file photo, the Homeland Security Department headquarters in northwest Washington.

July 19, 2018 05:12 PM

The Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday it has extended the temporary protected status for Somalia by 18 months.

In a release, the department said "the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions that support Somalia's current designation for TPS continue to exist."

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Beneficiaries of Somali's temporary protected status - of whom there are about 500, according to DHS - will be eligible to re-register for an extension of their status through March 17, 2020.

Once the 18-month extension nears its end, DHS will once again review Somalia's temporary protected status.

The special immigration designation for Somalia was initially approved by President George H.W. Bush in 1991 due to a civil war and has been extended 22 times since then.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar released the following statement after the DHS announcement: 

"The Somali community in Minnesota—the largest in the country— has contributed so much to the cultural and economic vitality of our state. Conditions in Somalia remain dire, and the Administration recognized this and extended Temporary Protected Status for Somalia,” Klobuchar said. “I’ve always believed that our country’s strength comes from the diversity of our people. Somali people in Minnesota and across the U.S. deserve to continue living, working, and succeeding here, as they have for decades."

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