Rep. Lofgren applauds temporary protection for West African nationals in US

November 20, 2014
Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) applauded an Administration announcement today to temporarily protect some West African nationals currently in the United States from deportation to countries critically affected by the Ebola virus.

"I applaud the Administration for applying lawful authority to protect Americans and foreign nationals alike from a deeply troubling humanitarian crisis, the worst recorded Ebola outbreak to date. Just as the administration granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitian nationals following the deadly 2010 earthquake, granting TPS to people from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone is the right thing to do. Protection will prevent nationals from these three West African countries from returning to a region grappling with an ongoing crisis. It will protect human lives and avoid exacerbating an already challenging situation."

The temporary protected status will affect approximately 8,000 eligible nationals of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. In order to receive temporary protected status, applicants must undergo thorough security checks and satisfy stringent eligibility criteria.

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