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अमेरिकि नेपालीकोलागि टिपिएस (TPS) रिजुलुसन जर्सी सिटी काउन्सिलद्वारा पारित, अमेरिकामा ३ लाख ४० हजार बिदेशी नागरिकलाई टिपिएस (TPS) सुबिधा उपलब्ध, नेपालीले पनि पाउलान् ? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pradeep Pariyar Thapa Magar   
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 22:46

Exclusive: 11 photos: न्यू जर्सी- अमेरिकाको न्यू जर्सी राज्यको जर्सी सिटी शहर सिटी काउन्सिलले बुधवार, मे २७ तारिख अमेरिकामा बैधानिक कागजपत्र बिना रहेका नेपालीहरुकोलागि 'अस्थाई सुरक्षा ब्यबस्था' (TPS) दिलाउन अमेरिकि स्टेट डिपर्ट्मेण्ट अन्तरगतको डिपर्ट्मेण्ट अफ होमल्याण्ड सेकुरिटीलाई आग्रह गर्दै एक बिशेश रिजुलुसन पारित गरेको छ । जर्सी सिटी काउन्सिलले अमेरिकि सरकारको आप्रबासी तथा राश्टृयता एक्टको सेक्सन २४४ (बि) अन्तर्गतको Temporary Protected Status (TPS) दिलाउन माग गरेको हो । यसरी रिजुलुसन पारित गर्ने जर्सी सिटी पहिलो अमेरिकि शहर बनेको छ ।

 

Jersey City Nepalese residents witnessing the historic moment of passing of TPS Resolution for Nepalese-American from City of Jersey City Municipal Council at City Hall, Jersey City, NJ, USA on May 27, 2015. Photo by Margaret DeVico for USNepalOnline.com

उक्त रिजुलुसन पारित गर्न डाकिएको बैठकमा नेपालमा गत अप्रिल २५ तारिख गएको महाभूकम्पबाट मृत्यू भएका नेपालीहरुको सम्झनामा एक मिनेट मौन धारण गरिएको थियो । सिटी काउन्सिल प्रेसिडेन्ट रोलान्डो आर लाभारोले ११ प्याराग्राफ लामो रिजुलुसन पढेर सुनाएका थिए भने बैठकमा उपस्थित काउन्सिल सदस्यहरुले सर्बसम्मतीबाट कर्तल ध्वनीले टिपिएस रिजुलुसन पास गरेका थिए । नेपाली समुदायकोतर्फबाट 'कारणका लागि महिला' (Women for Cause) कि अध्यक्ष डा. बिष्णुमाया परियारले बैठकलाई सम्बोधन गर्दै जर्सी सिटीले टिपिएस रिजुलुसन पारित गरेर नेपाली अमेरिकन समाजलाई देखाएको सौहाद्रताकोलागि आभार ब्यक्त गरिन् । उनले नेपालीलाई माया गर्ने सुन्दर शहरमा आफू बसोबास गर्न पाएकोमा आफूलाई भाग्यमानी ठानेको बताईन् ।

Women for Cause (WFC) President Dr. Bishnu Maya Pariyar (center) delivering her vote of thanks while WFC VP Renu Sharma Sapkota (right) and other members look on. Photo: Pratha Magar for USNepalOnline.com

उक्त रिजोलुसनमा नेपालमा गएको महाभूकम्पमा परी ८ हजार २१९ जनाको मृत्यू भएको, १७ हजार ९ सय घाईते भएको र २ लाख ८० हजार घरहरु ध्वस्त भएको नेपाल सरकारको पछिल्लो तथ्याङ्का उल्लेख गर्दै अमेरिकि सरकारले टिपिएस (TPS) सुबिधा उपलब्ध गराएमा बैधानिक कागजातको अभावमा नेपाल जान नसक्नेहरुले ट्राभल डकुमेण्ट पाउने, डिपोर्टेशन रोकिने र बैधानिकरुपमा अमेरिकामा काम गर्ने सुबिधा प्राप्त हुने लेखिएको छ । बिदेशमा अबैधानिकरुपमा रहेकाहरुलाई नेपाल फर्काईएमा नेपाल सरकारले उनीहरुलाई पुनर्बासको ब्यबस्था गर्न यस्तो बिपदको बेला असमर्थ हुने उल्लेख गर्दै उक्त टिपिएस (TPS) सुबिधा उपलब्ध गराएमा यि नेपालीहरुले नेपालमा रहेका आफ्नो परिवारलाई आर्थिक सहयोग गर्न सक्ष्यम हुने उल्लेख गरिएको छ ।

City of Jersey City Municipal Council TPS Resolution No. 10, Z23. Read this resolution at the end of this news.

यसैबीच, नेपाल सरकारकोतर्फबाट अमेरिकाकालागि नेपाली राजदूत डा. अर्जुनकुमार कार्कीले अमेरिकि सरकार समक्ष आफूले टिपिएस (TPS) सुबिधाको माग गरेको बताएकाछन् भने गैर आवासीय नेपाली संघ (एनआरएन अमेरिका) का निबर्तमान अध्यक्ष एबं कानूनविद खगेन्द्र जिसीले आफूले नेपालमा गएको महाभूकम्पको लगत्तै आफू नेपाल गएर प्रधानमन्त्री सुशिल कोईराला समक्ष नेपाल सरकारकोतर्फबाट अमेरिकि सरकारलाई टिपिएस (TPS) सुबिधा उपलब्ध गराउन औपचारिक पत्र लेख्न अनुरोध गरेको तर नेपाल सरकारले आधिकारिक पत्र काटेको आफूलाई जानकारी नभएको बताए । उनले संघले अमेरिकामा रहेका २५ हजार नेपालीहरुको हस्ताक्षर संकलन गरेर अमेरिकि सरकारलाई बुझाउने अभियान शुरु गरेको युएस नेपाल अनलाईनलाई जानकारी गराए । संघका नवनिर्बाचित अध्यक्ष डा. केशब पौडेलले हस्ताक्षर संकलनलाई तीब्रता दिएको र बिभिन्न माध्यमबाट अमेरिकि सरकारलाई दबाब दिने कार्य भईरहेको बताए।

न्यू योर्कस्थित 'अधिकार' संस्थाकी कार्यकारी निर्देशक लुना रन्जितले अमेरिकामा रहेका नेपालीहरुले टिपिएस (TPS)  सुबिधा पाउने सम्भावना प्रबल रहेको र आफूले बिभिन्न तहका बिधायकहरुसंग भेटेर लबिङ गरिरहेको जानकारी गराईन् ।

City of Jersey City Municipal Council meeting during the TPS resolution passing at City Hall, Jersey City, NJ, USA on May 27, 2015. Photo by Pratha Magar for USNepalOnline.com

उता, अमेरिकि तल्लो सदन हाउस अफ रिप्रिसेण्टेटिभमा हाउस डेमोक्रेयाट अल ग्रीन (टेक्सास्) र माइक होण्डा (क्यालिफोर्निया) ले अप्रिल २७ तारिख प्रस्तुत गरेको "Nepal Temporary Protected Status Act of 2015" बिधेयक (Act) अहिले सदनको आप्रवास र सीमा सुरक्षा उपसमितिमा बिचाराधिन अवस्थामा रहेको छ ।

USNepalOnline.com's Editor-in-Chief, Pradeep Thapa interviewing Council President, Rolando R. Lavarro at his City Hall office. Photo: Dr. Bishnu Maya Pariyar for USNepalOnline.com

यसैबिच, अमेरिकि राश्ट्रपति बाराक ओबामाले १ लाख डिजिटल हस्ताक्षर १ महिनाभित्र पिटिसनमा पुगे सिधा सुनुवाई गर्ने ह्वाईट हाउस डट गभमा अप्रिल २७ तारिख शुरु गरिएको टिपिएस (TPS) पिटिसनमा मे २७ तारिखसम्म जम्मा १२ हजार ८९७ जनाले मात्र हस्ताक्षर गरिएको उक्त पिटिसन वेबपेजमा उल्लेख छ ।

अमेरिकामा नेपालीहरु अढाई लाखदेखि ३ लाखको हाराहारीमा रहेको अनुमान गरिन्छ । अमेरिकि सरकारको सेन्सस ब्यूरोले सन् २०१० मा लिएको जनगणनाअनुसार अमेरिकामा नेपालीहरुको जनसंख्या कूल ५९ हजार ४९० नेपाली रहेको तथ्याङ्क छ । तर डिजिटल पिटिसनमा १ महिनामा १५ हजार हस्ताक्षर पनि पुग्नु नसक्नुको दोषी अब कस्लाई मान्ने ? यस्तो बिपदको बेला खोई कहाँ गयो नेपालीको जागरुकता र एकता ?

Nepalese representatives in front of City Hall, Jersey City after attending TPS resolution passing at City Hall, Jersey City, NJ, USA on May 27, 2015. Photo by Pratha Magar for USNepalOnline.com

स्मरण रहोस्, अमेरिकि सरकारले हालसम्म ३ लाख ४० हजार बिदेशी नागरिकलाई टिपिएस (TPS) सुबिधा उपलब्ध गराएको छ । माइग्रेसन पोलिसी इन्स्टिचूड (MPI) काअनुसार अमेरिकि सरकारले यस अघि सिरियालीकोलागि सन् २०१२ देखि हालसम्म, हाइटियनकोलागि सन् २०१० देखि हालसम्म, एल साल्भाडोरियनकोलागि सन् १९९१-९२ र सन् २००१ देखि हालसम्म, सोमालीहरुकोलागि सन् १९९१ र हालसम्म, साउथ सुडानीकोलागि सन् १९९७ र २०११ देखि हालसम्म, सुडानीकोलागि सन् १९९७ देखि हालसम्म, निकारागुवानकोलागि सन् १९९९ देखि हालसम्म, होण्डुरियालीकोलागि सन् १९९९ देखि हालसम्म ति देशका अमेरिकामा रहेका बैधानिक कागजात नभएका नागरिकहरुलाई टिपिएस (TPS) सुबिधा प्रदान गरेको छ ।

TPS beneficiary data source: Migration Policy Institute (MigrationPolicy.org)

TPS beneficiary data source: Migration Policy Institute (MigrationPolicy.org)

यो टिपिएस (TPS) सुबिधा अन्तर्गत राष्ट्रिय महाबिपत्तीका बेला बैधानिक कागजात नभएको कारण स्वदेश फर्कन असमर्थ अमेरिकामा रहेका बिदेशी नागरिकहरुलाई ६ देखि १८ महिनासम्मको अस्थाई बसोबास गर्ने बैधता (कानूनी मान्यता) दिईन्छ । र त्यो समयभित्र आफ्नो देश फर्किन र फेरी अमेरिका फर्किने ट्राभल डकुमेण्ट प्रदान गरिन्छ । तर देशको अवस्थामा सुधार नआएको अवस्थामा यो सुबिधालाई लम्ब्याईएको उदाहरण माथी उल्लेखित तथ्याङ्कले देखाउँछ ।

Jersey City is officially and affectionately called "America's Golden Door" due to its history of accepting millions of early immigrants who enter through Ellis Island from 1892 until 1954 which is located between New York City's downtown Manhattan and Jersey City's Liberty Park. Photo: Pratha Magar for USNepalOnline.com

आशा गरौं, अमेरिकि नेपालीहरुले टिपिएस (TPS) सुबिधा छिट्टै पाउन सकौं । अपडेट जारी छ ।

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TPS Resolution of the City of Jersey City, N.J.

Adopted at a meeting of Municipal Council of the City of Jersey City, N.J.
May 27, 2015
Rolando R Lavarro, Jr., President of Council
Robert Byrne, City Clerk
Resolution No. 10, Z23

RESOLUTION URGING THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO DESIGNATE NEPAL FOR TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS (TPS) UNDER §244(b) OF THE IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT IN THE WAKE OF THE WIDESPREAD DESTRUCTION CAUSED BY THE RECENT NEPAL EARTHQUAKE

WHEREAS, On April 25th, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake occurred in Nepal, approximately 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu.  Government reports confirm that 30 out of 75 districts in the country have been affected in the Western and Central Regions, including mountain and hilly areas, in areas where rural populations are dispersed, as well as some very densely populated districts and Nepal’s two largest cities – greater Kathmandu and Pokhara;

WHEREAS, according to the most recent USAID report on May 13, the Government of Nepal reported 8,219 fatalities; close to 17,900 people injured; more than 280,000 homes destroyed and more than 250,00 more homes damaged. These figures are expected only to rise after a powerful aftershock, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck on May 12;

WHEREAS, The U.S. Department of State recommends that U.S. citizens in Nepal exercise caution when traveling in or planning departure from the country. Infrastructure is fragile, access to basic resources is limited and cell phone and internet service are intermittent. In Kathmandu, some buildings are collapsed and roads are impassable;

WHEREAS, the United States government, military, and humanitarian organizations have directed desperately needed relief. According to USAID, over $32 million in humanitarian aid has been implemented as of their May 13 report;

WHEREAS, §244(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act allows the Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security to designate, for a protected time period, a foreign state for special protection if a natural disaster prevents the state from being able to adequately handle the return of nationals. In the alternative, §244(b) allows the Secretary to grant Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") upon a finding of "extraordinary and temporary conditions in the foreign state that prevent...nationals of the state from returning to the state in safety";

WHEREAS, Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent a request to President Barack Obama asking the U.S. government to provide Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nepalese nationals present in the United States that cannot return to their country due to the earthquake and humanitarian crisis in Nepal;

WHEREAS, given the widespread destruction, loss of life, and ongoing dangerous situation on the ground, Nepal more likely satisfies conditions to merit a designation of TPS;

WHEREAS, a grant of TPS would allow Nepal nationals , currently residing in the United States, to continue residing in the U.S. with temporary legal status. TPS will provide Nepal nationals protection from deportation, travel authorization, and the ability to work legally in the U.S. Granting TPS would allow Nepal nationals to continue working and generating income that can be sent to help their families back home;

WHEREAS, deporting Nepal nationals would burden an already strained infrastructure in Nepal by forcing the country to reabsorb thousands of its nationals currently abroad during this."

Nepal Temporary Protected Status Act of 2015

Official Title as Introduced:
To designate Nepal under section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to permit nationals of Nepal to be eligible for temporary protected status under such section.
H.R.2033 - Nepal Temporary Protected Status Act of 2015
Sponsor: Rep. Green, Al [D-TX-9] (Introduced 04/27/2015)
Committees: House - Judiciary
Latest Action: 05/15/2015 Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.
Introduced in House (04/27/2015)

Nepal Temporary Protected Status Act of 2015

114th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2033

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 27, 2015

Mr. Al Green of Texas (for himself and Mr. Honda) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To designate Nepal under section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to permit nationals of Nepal to be eligible for temporary protected status under such section.

1.Short title

This Act may be cited as the Nepal Temporary Protected Status Act of 2015.

2.Sense of Congress

It is the sense of the Congress that the extraordinary and temporary conditions caused by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake, its aftershocks, and additional damage in Nepal qualifies Nepal for designation under subparagraph (B) or (C) of section 244(b)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1)), pursuant to which nationals of Nepal would be eligible for temporary protected status in the United States.

3.Designation for purposes of granting temporary protected status
(a)Designation
(1)In general

For purposes of section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1254a), Nepal shall be treated as if it had been designated under subsection (b) of such section, subject to the provisions of this section.

(2)Period of designation
The initial period of such designation shall begin on the date of the enactment of this Act and shall remain in effect for 18 months.

(b)Aliens eligible
In applying section 244 of such Act pursuant to the designation made under this section, subject to section 244(c)(3) of such Act, an alien who is a national of Nepal shall be deemed to satisfy the requirements of section 244(c)(1) of such Act only if the alien—

(1)has been continuously physically present in the United States since April 25, 2015;
(2)is admissible as an immigrant, except as otherwise provided under section 244(c)(2)(A) of such Act, and is not ineligible for temporary protected status under section 244(c)(2)(B) of such Act; and
(3)registers for temporary protected status in a manner that the Secretary of Homeland Security shall establish.
(c)Consent To travel abroad

The Secretary of Homeland Security shall give the prior consent to travel abroad described in section 244(f)(3) of such Act to an alien who is granted temporary protected status pursuant to the designation made under this section, if the alien establishes to the satisfaction of the Secretary of Homeland Security that emergency and extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the alien require the alien to depart for a brief, temporary trip abroad. An alien returning to the United States in accordance with such an authorization shall be treated the same as any other returning alien provided temporary protected status under section 244 of such Act.

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