WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Biden Administration designated Cameroon for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Vice President of Advocacy Alida Garcia issued the following statement on the designation:
“We’re thrilled that the Department of Homeland Security and the Biden-Harris Administration are taking the necessary life-saving steps to designate TPS for Cameroon, and deeply grateful for the tireless work of advocates, including those in the Cameroon Advocacy Network and Haitian Bridge Alliance, to stand up for vulnerable individuals and families. These long-overdue protections for Cameroonians escaping violence and turmoil in their home country will help save lives and keep more individuals, families, and communities safe and together. Right now, residents of Cameroon face widespread violence and human rights violations in the midst of multiple humanitarian crises, and they’re living under constant threat – it would be unconscionable to continue to force Cameroonians living in the U.S. and building their lives here to return to certain violence and lethal conditions in the country they fled. TPS will allow Cameroonians in the U.S. to live and work without the further threat of deportation, and will give them some measure of stability after months and years of uncertainty.
“The Biden Administration has taken a critical step forward to help protect nationals from Cameroon living here. We urge them to continue this important work safeguarding Cameroonians and other Black immigrants and asylum seekers in the U.S., at our borders and beyond. This should include granting a designation of TPS for Mauritania and Ethiopia, halting deportations to Haiti, and immediately ending its use of harsh deterrence measures such as Title 42 to create a functional border management system that processes asylum claims in a fair, orderly, and humane manner.”
Multiple humanitarian crises involving terrorist group Boko Haram, government forces, and armed non-state groups have caused widespread violence and human rights violations against Cameroonians, causing immense loss of life, incalculable human suffering, and displacement. As of December 2021, nearly 1 million people inside Cameroon are estimated to be internally displaced. Cameroon, which already hosts a large number of refugees inside its border due to ongoing conflicts in Nigeria and the Central African Republic (CAR), is experiencing a scarcity of essential needs like food and clean water, shelter, and medical services. Recent deadly clashes over resources have displaced even more vulnerable people. Read more about Cameroon’s current crises here.