Posted by on September 27, 2013 in Blog

The Arab American Institute submitted a written request to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals from the Arab Republic of Egypt. Doing so is a critical step that the Administration can take to ensure that Egyptian nationals are able to remain in the United states on a temporary basis until the unstable and violent conditions subside.

There is no doubt that Egypt’s transition period has been rife with political and sectarian violence. In particular, the events surrounding the July 3 military coup d’etat and removal of Mohamed Morsi from the presidency constitute “extraordinary and temporary conditions” which make it impossible for Egyptians in the United states to safely return home.  

Since the July military coup, more than 1,000 civilians have been killed, over 8,000 injured, and thousands arbitrarily arrested and detained by the interim government. President Obama has said the new government is on a “dangerous path” in light of “arbitrary arrests, a broad crackdown on Mr. Morsi’s associations and supporters” and “violence that’s taken the lives of hundreds of people and wounded thousands more.” Since the removal of Morsi, there have been systematic and widespread attacks against those protesting military rule, including women and children. There has also been an escalating number of attacks against Egypt’s Christian minority, which is estimated at around 10% of the country’s 85 million population. Christian churches, residences, and businesses all across Egypt have been ransacked, looted, and burned. The interim government has instituted a State of Emergency Law that will effectively sanction any abuse by the police against civilians, including the targeting and abuse of journalists, human rights activists, and political dissidents and critics of the interim government.

We hope the Department of Homeland Security honors our request and grants TPS for Egyptian nationals.

 

 

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