DHS Designates Nepal for TPS
It’s not really clear just how bad a situation needs to get in a country before the Department of Homeland Security will designate a country for Temporary Protected Status. The Nepal earthquake happened in April and two months and nearly 9,000 deaths later, DHS finally is granting TPS status to Nepalese nationals in the US. Maybe it’s because Nepal is little and the population isn’t that large. When 7,000 people died in Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and that country was a complete mess, DHS didn’t bother offering relief to people stuck here in the US. The same has been true for Ukrainians, Venezuelans, Central Americans and others facing severe civil strife in their home countries. Why the President is so stingy about using this tool to help people facing dire situations in their home countries is not clear to me. But it’s not used nearly enough.