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HOMELAND SECURITY TO LIFT PROTECTED STATUS OF SUDAN: ATROCITIES MAY NOT BE ADDRESSED

EXCLUSIVE FOR: THE QUEEN ESTHER PROJECT BLOG BY: SCOTT MORGAN

Included in the release of the, "International Religious Freedom Report" published by the U.S. State Department August 14, 2017, Sudan for the 19th consecutive year has made the dubious list of being known as a CPC (Country of Particular Concern). Since 1998 Sudan has been a concern to the U.S. State Department.

There are two key decisions that the Trump Administration will be involved with to highlight their concerns, or lack thereof considering this Nation.

On October 12th, the Administration will have to decide whether or not to permanently lift the Sanctions relief that President Obama provisionally lifted shortly before he left the White House. That decision was to have been made back on July 12th. However, President Trump amended that Executive Order by delaying the decision for 90 days. A current October 12, 2017 deadline is looming.

There has been an additional wrinkle thrown into this debate: Acting Director of Homeland Security , Elaine Duke issued a press release regarding the TPS (Temporary Protected Status) for Sudan. On November 2,2018 the TPS designation for Sudan will be terminated. It is time to delve into what this means for the next 13 months.

First of all, this determination is made on a country basis on a blanket concept. It means that Homeland Security has determined that a situation such as a natural disaster or civil strife exists in a country that will not allow Sudanese

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who are facing U.S. deportation for criminal activities or denial of an asylum claim to be safely returned to their homeland. The loss of the designation will not affect the current status of those from Sudan seeking to emigrate or seek asylum here in the United States.

There has been concern that in the proposed lifting of Sanctions that the issue of Religious Freedom has not been considered. Contrast that to the TPS status where Religious Persecution can be used to issue the protection.

Three different actions to be taken by different agencies of the United States Government. It appears that none of them are actually communicating with each other. This will indeed add to the suffering to those seeking to flee atrocities being committed in Sudan. The American Taxpayer will be wondering what is going on...

The author of this post is Scott Morgan. He also posts on the blog, "Confused Eagle" which can be found at confusedeagle.livejournal.com. Follow him on Twitter @confusedeagledc and connect with him on Facebook and LinkedIn. He is based in Washington DC. Scott Morgan is a subject matter expert on issues of Sub Saharan Africa and Chairs the D.C. working group, "IRF Roundtable Africa Working Group."

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