United States proclaims extension and re-designation of Somalia on a non permanent foundation
United States Announces Extension and New Designation of Somalia for Temporary Protected Status
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somalis living in the United States of America have received a reprieve from the Home Office, following the announcement of an extension and a new designation for temporary protected status. [TPS].
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Somalis residing in the United States have at least two months to apply for TPS, which will allow them to continue to stay in the country for nearly two years before it is not reconsidered.
That now gives at least 447 people on TPS relief, the Home Office said, adding that another 100 people will also have the option to apply for TPS for their future stay in the country. Most Somalis end up entering the United States as refugees due to the deteriorating situation in their country.
Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the decision is based on taking into account the conditions preventing Somalis from returning safely, including, but not limited to, violence, drought, flooding, food insecurity , COVID-19. The country is grappling with these calamities.
“The United States will be able to offer 7 security protection to Somalis who may not be able to return to their country, due to the ongoing conflict and the worsening humanitarian crisis,” a- he said in a statement released by the Interior Ministry.
“The extension of the temporary protection status [TPS] for Somalis allows around 447 current beneficiaries to retain TPS until March 2023 as long as they meet eligibility requirements, ”the statement said.
A number of Somalis eventually obtain US citizenship after a long stay, and there are a number who have joined the country’s politics. For example, Ilhan Omar, the representative of the 5th district of Minnesota, was born and raised partly in Somalia.
Ilhan Omar is one of many Somalis who have broken all odds elsewhere in the world despite a difficult education in Somalia, a country ravaged by clan conflict, threats from Al-Shabaab, floods and many other calamities. Somalia has been without a stable government since 1991.
In particular, the threat of Al-Shabaab has often bothered the United States, which recently insisted that the group is “still very dangerous and we will do our utmost to tame them”. The United States is considering deploying special forces after the departure of nearly 700 troops from the United States Command for Africa, who had been in the country since 2017.