The targeting of medical professionals and health agencies as a weapon of war exasperates the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The worst cholera outbreak in history is occurring right now in Yemen. Cholera Treatment facilities have been bombed. These facilities provide dire needed care to millions of Yemenis, including hundreds of thousands of children.
Given the devastating violence in Yemen, ADC calls on its members to take action to protect thousands of Yemeni nationals in the United States who are dependent on their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for their livelihood, safely, and survival. The current circumstances in Yemen make it a grave risk to return, and TPS for Yemeni nationals expires on July 5, 2018.
Under federal law, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can grant TPS to nationals from foreign countries in the United States when there is ongoing armed conflict within the state and returning to the state poses a serious risk to life.
In recent years, ADC, alongside a coalition of civil and human rights organizations successfully petitioned the DHS to grant TPS status to both Yemen and Syria. Now that the status is set to expire we are urging the department to extend and re-designate TPS for Yemen before the July 5th deadline.
Please take a few moments today to echo the call being made by human rights organizations and conscientious members of Congress. Ask the DHS to protect Yemeni nationals in America who are amongst of the world’s most vulnerable people.