Ukrainian refugees are on the mind of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. She and other Senators are asking the Biden administration to ensure that Ukrainian nationals in our country are not forced to return to their country by granting them Temporary Protected Status.
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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand partnered with Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Senator Robert Portman (R-OH) on a bipartisan letter requesting that the Biden administration take the necessary steps to ensure Ukrainian nationals in the United States are not forced to return to their country by designating Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), in light of Russia’s invasion of the country.
Established by the U.S. Congress through the Immigration Act of 1990, TPS is a temporary, renewable program that provides relief for foreign nationals whose home countries’ conditions prevent them from returning home safe and sound, or where a country is unable to handle the return of their nationals back to their homeland.
TPS status allows beneficiaries to live and work in the United States for a limited time and allows people to obtain an employment authorization document (EAD) and travel authorization, and prevents a national being removed from the United States.