Minnesota is home to the largest Somali community in the U.S.
Klobuchar has been urging the Administration to extend TPS for Somalia
WASHINGTON--U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today released the following statement on the Administration’s announcement that they will extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Somalia for 18 months. Earlier this week, Klobuchar and Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) sent a letter urging the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security to extend these protections. There are approximately 150,000 Somalis—both refugees and non-refugees—living in the United States and almost third of them live in Minnesota.
“The Somali community in Minnesota—the largest in the country— has contributed so much to the cultural and economic vitality of our state. Conditions in Somalia remain dire, and the Administration recognized this and extended Temporary Protected Status for Somalia,” Klobuchar said. “I’ve always believed that our country’s strength comes from the diversity of our people. Somali people in Minnesota and across the U.S. deserve to continue living, working, and succeeding here, as they have for decades.”