The Department of Homeland Security determined that after analyzing information presented by other agencies that the TPS (Temporary Protected Status) granted for South Sudan should be extended for an additional eighteen months. By Scott Morgan
How is the peace process in South Sudan faring? This is an interesting question since most international newscasts rarely mention the country at all. But a decision made during the week of March 8th by the Trump Administration may shed some light on how the process may be currently viewed in Washington.
During that week the Department of Homeland Security determined that after analyzing information presented by other agencies that the TPS (Temporary Protected Status) granted for South Sudan should be extended for an additional eighteen months. As at currently stands this will expire on November 2nd 2020. The designation will be reviewed again by Homeland Security and then the decision regarding whether or not to extend it or terminate it will then be made.
Bluntly there have been some positive steps made since the agreement was reached. However the large number of IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) the inability to deal with the issues regarding sexual assaults appear to have influenced the decision made by DHS.
The extension of TPS for South Sudan means the following:
They are allowed to re-register under this status and will have a valid work verification to work in the United States until the November 2nd, 2020 deadline at this time. The eligibility requirements are that the individual has to have been inside the United States since January 25,2016 with a physical presence inside the country since May 3, 2016. A Federal Notice will specify what documents are needed by the claimant to both extend his status and work verification.
The extension of TPS was the topic of a virtual last minute campaign by some advocacy groups in the United States. Even though there are other major issues such as the chaos in Cameroon and the plight of Christians in Sudan they felt that this was the cause that they would reach out to the Administration to seek redress. They were successful in this endeavor. But there is so much left to do….