President Joe Biden said in March that the United States would welcome 100,000 Ukrainian refugees while also awarding Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to another 30,000 already in the country. However, while Ukrainians who flee the violence are met with huge displays of friendship, this isn’t always the case for everyone.
Wilfred Tebah fled Cameroon three years ago because of the country’s continuous war and the threat of persecution. “There are many Cameroonians in the United States, and some are still in detention or at the border, which might help them avoid deportation,” says the 27-year-old. TPS for Cameroon is the only way to get us out of that danger, “she said.
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) allows you to work for six to 18 months. According to a report released recently by the NGO Human Rights Watch, some Cameroonians have been denied asylum and abused in prison in the United States. Wilfred explained his circumstances in a letter to Republican senator Rob Portman. He claims he would like to receive the same treatment as Ukrainians. I can’t say it’s unjust because they deserve it just as much as we do. So the only thing we can do is keep pleading with them to help us, “Wilfred explains.
Ukrainian asylum seekers are immune from COVID-19-prevention limitations. Hundreds of them are currently waiting in Tijuana, Mexico, to apply for asylum in the United States. A University of California, San Diego professor says that while the United States gives humanitarian aid to mostly white and European refugees, many people of color from Africa, the Middle East, and Asia languish because they don’t have the same rights as other people.
TPS and other humanitarian programs are run by the Department of Homeland Security, which hasn’t said anything about claims that the U.S. is racist when it comes to immigration.