When the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced an 18-month extension to the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) affecting Yemeni nationals in the U.S., many breathed a sigh of relief, knowing that Yemenis previously covered by TPS wouldn’t have to return to the dangerous conditions of their war-torn country. But it’s important to remember that in yesterday’s announcement Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen issued only an extension, but did not redesignate TPS for Yemen. What this means is that Yemenis not already covered by TPS under the earlier designation couldn’t apply to be covered today. This is similar to what was done with TPS for Syria, and it doesn’t make much sense, since there is an obvious acknowledgment that the situation in those countries isn’t safe enough for people to be sent back to them. This is just not the right thing to do in the face of some of the world's worst humanitarian crises.

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