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For Immediate Release

March 3, 2022

Media Contact

Erik Villalobos,


TPS Alliance Poses 3 Questions for Reporters to ask about TPS for Ukraine

(Washington DC) In response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and numerous calls for Temporary Protected Status to be designated to Ukrainian migrants in the United States, the National TPS Alliance issues the following statement:

“In an effort to gain more clarity about why the White House still has yet to designate TPS for Ukraine, we urge reporters and advocates to ask the following questions:

  1. Thousands of Ukrainian citizens have died and approximately one million have fled from Ukraine. Over 20,000 Ukrainian citizens currently residing in the United States will be clearly, under no condition able to return home in these unprecedented times so we ask, why has Ukraine not been designated for TPS?
  2. We are well aware of this administration’s rather irrational fear that advancing rights for migrants will incentivize millions of more migrants to seek refuge in the United States. Could this inability from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to protect Ukrainian migrants, and other groups be a part of a deliberate strategy to deter refugee arrivals? 
  3. Yesterday, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) was finally designated and re-designated for Sudanese and South Sudanese migrants, but we still have yet to hear any news about TPS for other countries in crisis, such as Ukraine, Cameroon, Afghanistan, and Guatemala. We are quite frankly confused by the current actions of this administration. Could there be intentional reasons behind the lack of response, or is this general bureaucratic incompetence?


The National TPS Alliance is a grassroots organization comprised of over 50 committees nationwide, advocating for the permanent residency of beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status from the countries of El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti, Nicaragua, Nepal, Syria, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Yemen


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