Washington, D.C. | www.adc.org | June 25, 2018 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is proud to be working with congressional leaders like Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, to support our Arab Immigrant communities. Recently, Congresswoman Dingell led a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen calling for the re-designation of Temporary Protected Status for Yemen.
Congresswoman Dingell has shown immense leadership to defend the rights of Arab Americans and immigrant communities. Congresswoman Dingell was joined by 40 congressional members in her letter which cites the ongoing war, massive food insecurity, and humanitarian crisis in Yemen as demonstrating the need for TPS.
As documented in ADC’s country condition summary on Yemen, we know that over 20 million people are in need of emergency humanitarian aid in Yemen. We know that 8.4 million Yemenis face famine. We know that 3 million people have been displaced. The war in Yemen, now going on its fourth year, continues to impact the daily lives, livelihood, and survival of Yemeni nationals throughout the country.
Yemeni TPS holders in the United States cannot be forced to return to Yemen and must be protected. Many Yemeni TPS holders have confided in ADC with their experiences and a few have braved their fears to publicly share their stories. Wida, a granddaughter of a Yemeni TPS holder told ADC, “My grandmother is part of my daily life, we all live together and I cannot imagine her going back to Yemen. She has nowhere to go and nowhere to live, what will she possibly do in Yemen? What will we do without her here with us?”
ADC will continue to lead on immigration policy efforts to protect our community, and provide legal representation to TPS holders and asylum seekers.