Congressman Al Green Proud of His Contribution to the Administration's Decision to Grant Temporary Protected Status to Nepalese Nationals

Jun 24, 2015
Rep. Al Green speaking on the House floor about Temporary Protected Status for Nepalese nationals, on June 24, 2015.
Congressman Al Green Proud of His Contribution to the Administration's Decision to Grant Temporary Protected Status to Nepalese Nationals

Congressman Al Green: “My prayers have been answered.”

(Washington, DC)—On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, Congressman Al Green (TX-09) applauded the Obama Administration after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its decision to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nepalese nationals who were in the United States as of June 24, 2015. This will allow eligible Nepalese nationals to continue living and working in the United States for the next 18 months.

Congressman Al Green, who led the effort by sponsoring H.R. 2033, the Nepal Temporary Protected Status Act of 2015 to designate Nepalese nationals eligible for Temporary Protected Status, said: “I literally prayed for Temporary Protected Status for Nepalese nationals on the floor of the House of Representatives, on May 15, 2015. Our prayers have been answered. We thank President Obama as well as his administration for granting Temporary Protected Status to Nepalese nationals so that they can continue living and working in this country during this difficult time. The people of Nepal have suffered greatly and I think providing TPS will assist some of them in attaining a sense of stability in the U.S. while their country recovers.  I am also proud to have signed on to a letter, circulated by Reps. Joseph Crowley (NY-14) and Grace Meng (NY-6), to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry, requesting the designation of Temporary Protected Status for Nepal.”

The two earthquakes that struck Nepal and surrounding areas on April 25 and May 12, 2015 were the most destructive Nepal has suffered in its history. According to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), as of June 12, 2015:  2.8 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, 8,786 people have died as a result of the earthquakes, and over 500,000 homes have been destroyed. As of June 17, 2015, the U.S. has provided $62,046,289 to assist the Nepal Earthquake Response and Recovery efforts.    The Department of Defense’s Joint Task Force 505 has delivered 114 tons of emergency relief supplies, transported 534 humanitarian personnel, and conducted 63 casualty evacuations. Joint Task Force 505 has also contributed three Marine Corps UH-1Y Huey helicopters and four Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft to the relief effort throughout Nepal.

“We must all work together to put Nepal on the road to full recovery,” Congressman Al Green said. “A great nation does not force people to return to conditions that are unsafe and detrimental to their well-being. A great nation extends the hand of friendship to all those around the globe during times of challenge and crisis.”