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ANSAR of Pittsburgh joins the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants call for the redesignation and extension of Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

Two years after the launch of Operation Allies Welcome and the end of the non-combatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan, the situation in the country has worsened under Taliban rule. From the ongoing systematic repression of women and girls to widespread food insecurity exacerbated by economic collapse and climate shocks, Afghanistan faces dire country conditions. To address these challenges, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) is tirelessly advocating for the redesignation and extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Afghanistan.

This call for action is grounded in the belief that Afghan nationals, whether in the United States, Afghanistan, or third countries, urgently require robust and continuous permanent and temporary protections. An extension of TPS would provide renewed protections and work authorization to current Afghan beneficiaries. Simultaneously, a redesignation would extend these essential safeguards to newly arrived Afghans, who encounter difficulties accessing services and benefits available to Afghan parolees who arrived during Operation Allies Welcome.

Recently, the Department of Homeland Security took steps to redesignate and extend TPS for Sudan and Ukraine due to their ongoing conflicts and other extraordinary and temporary conditions preventing safe, voluntary returns. USCRI now urges a similar recognition of the dire country conditions in Afghanistan.

As we stand in solidarity with the Afghan people, it's crucial to raise awareness and mobilize support for TPS redesignation and extension. Join us in advocating for the safety and security of Afghan nationals by using the hashtag #TPS4AFG and sharing these important messages on social media. Together, we can make a difference and offer a lifeline to those in need.

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