Wednesday, November 30, 2022

America will temporarily save Cameroonians from deportation

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – The Department of Homeland Security said Friday it would temporarily deport people back from CameroonStating that excessive violence between government forces and armed separatists in the African nation made it unsafe for them to return.

The department cited escalating attacks by the Boko Haram extremist group as grounds for granting Cameroonians an 18-month exemption from deportation if they are in the United States on Thursday. They can apply for a work permit.

Homeland Security estimates that 11,700 Cameroonians may be eligible.

“Excessive violence and widespread destruction of civilian infrastructure have led to economic instability, food insecurity, and several million displaced Cameroonians without access to schools, hospitals and other vital services,” the department said.

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Cameroon became the 14th country eligible for Temporary Protected Status, a program created in 1990 for people from countries stricken by civil conflict or natural disasters. Short-term relief is often extended up to 18 months, leading many to describe it as anything other than temporary.

Nearly 200,000 El Salvadorans have had provisional status since 2001.After the earthquake hit the Central American country.

The Biden administration previously created temporary status for the people of Myanmar, Haiti, Venezuela and Ukraine. The designation of Ukraine, which, after Russia’s invasion, called for Cameroon to receive equal treatment, claimed racial bias by some advocates of the African country.

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Large numbers of Cameroonians appeared on the US border with Mexico in 2019 until Ecuador imposed travel restrictions, limiting their ability to reach the border by traveling over land.

Immigration advocates said the decision, if overdue, is welcome.

“It’s a huge, huge, huge sense of relief,” said Heidi Gassama, UndocuBlack’s Director of Policy and Advocacy.

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