Supporting NYC Nepalese with TPS

NYC Council member Costa Constantinides, center, at a street naming ceremony with Nepalese community leaders earlier this month. (Photo courtesy of Council member Constantinides’ office, via QNS)

New York City Council members Costas Constantinides and Donovan Richards have introduced a resolution condemning the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s decision to end temporary protected status (TPS) for Nepalese, and urged its extension, which would allow eligible Nepalese to continue to live and work in the U.S. without fear of deportation, reports Bill Parry in QNS.

The TPS designation for Nepalese holders had been set to expire June 24 of this year, but a court order earlier this month temporarily stayed the termination of TPS for Nepalese and Honduran holders. It followed an earlier preliminary injunction covering Salvadoran, Haitian, Sudanese, and Nicaraguan TPS holders. This means that automatic extensions of TPS protections and work authorizations will be issued in short-term increments, as long as the injunction remains in place, for nationals of those six countries residing here under TPS status.

The two council members spoke of the importance of the Nepalese community to the borough of Queens.

“The Nepalese are vital to New York City’s growth, especially in western Queens,” Constantinides said. “They have come here to seek a better life amid turmoil back home, and they chose the greatest [city] in the world because we welcome the tired, the poor, and the huddled masses. We will not tolerate ICE agents menacing around schools and courthouses. This is the opposite of what America is supposed to embody. I want the Trump administration to know his aggressive hate policies have no place here.”

Added Richards, in part:

“It is completely unacceptable to end their temporary protective status only four years after an earthquake devastated their homeland and left about 15,000 Nepalese in need of safety and security within our borders.

Go to QNS to read what Community Board 5 member Mohan Gyawali Chhetri had to say about his fellow Nepalese in Queens.

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