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National Immigration Project Celebrates Cameroon TPS Announcement

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Posted: Apr. 15, 2022

For Immediate Release
April 15, 2022

Arianna Rosales, National Immigration Project,

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Biden administration's Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Cameroon, which will allow an estimated 40,000 Cameroonians currently residing in the United States opportunities to provide for themselves and their families and live without fear of deportation.

For years, state-sponsored violence and civil and political unrest in Cameroon have made it unsafe for individuals to return to Cameroon. Reports have also documented the horrifying violence Camerooninans have faced when deported. These perilous conditions have clearly warranted TPS designation for years.

In response to the announcement, Sirine Shebaya, Executive Director of the National Immigration Project, said:

"Today's announcement of TPS designation for Cameroon is long overdue and will be life changing for thousands of Cameroonians who will no longer live in fear of being deported to violent and unsafe conditions.

This long and hard-fought victory is the result of years of advocacy and leadership from Black-led immigrant organizations and allies. We hope the Biden administration will continue to take the necessary steps to advance new immigration policies that support racial justice and aim to dismantle the racist double standards that exist within our immigration system."


The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG) is a national non-profit organization that provides technical assistance and support to community-based immigrant organizations, legal practitioners, and all advocates seeking and working to advance the rights of noncitizens. NIPNLG utilizes impact litigation, advocacy, and public education to pursue its mission. Learn more at Follow NIPNLG on social media: National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild on Facebook, @NIPNLG on Twitter and Instagram.