Menendez, Booker Applaud DHS’s Deadline Extension for TPS Applications from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone

Menendez, Booker Applaud DHS’s Deadline Extension for TPS Applications from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) today applauded a decision by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to extend the original Temporary Protected Status (TPS) registration period for citizens of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone residing in the United Sates due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  The original initial registration period, that was to expire on May 20, 2015, will now be extended with a new filing deadline of August 18, 2015, for all three countries.

“Sec. Johnson’s decision to extend the TPS registration period is great news for African immigrants in New Jersey and across our nation,” said Sen. Menendez. “As West Africa continues to combat the remaining health challenges posed by last year’s Ebola outbreak, it is very important that eligible individuals have enough time to apply for protected status here in the US and have an opportunity to remain out of harm’s way. Beyond demonstrating our nation’s commitment to assisting these nations through foreign aid, military assistance, and relief supplies, the United States must also assist in allowing the region more time to recover before accepting nationals.”

“New Jersey is home to a diverse community of West African-born residents, so I am pleased that Secretary Johnson has responded to our request by extending protections to the citizens of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone who are currently here in the US,” said Sen. Booker. “It is vital that our state and the entire country remain active participants to support the long-term relief and recovery of the West African region. Offering this extension to these individuals is not only the right thing to do, it’s the most humane path forward.”

This announcement comes after the Senators wrote to commend Sec. Johnson for designating the three nations for TPS and requesting the registration period be extended to ensure citizens from the nations ravaged by Ebola can remain safely in the US until the situation in West Africa has sufficiently improved.

According to the U.S. Census, New Jersey ranks fifth in the country for the number of foreign-born West African. In the past several months the senator’s offices have hosted immigration information workshops in partnership with DHS and USCIS on the Temporary Protected Status application process for citizens of Libera, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.