Ohio Asks for Relief Amidst Mauritanian Crisis

A senate and House representative are asking the presidential administration for immigration relief to Mauritanian nationals. Keep reading to learn more.


The Islamic Republic of Mauritania, a country in Africa has been at the center of a human rights issue. There have been accusations of slavery and other rights violations. Senator Sherrod Brown and Representative Mike Carey are pleading with President Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to extend Temporary Protected Status or Deferred Enforced Departure to refugees fleeing the horrific conditions in Mauritania.


Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) are immigration programs that target humanitarian crises around the world. TPS in particular is a designation for countries undergoing natural or humanitarian issues. In some cases, TPS is designated for those seeking refuge from natural disaster while others may be seeking asylum from political persecution or war.

DED is a designation issued by the executive branch as a part of the designated foreign policy powers. Under DED, repatriation of former nationals is prohibited if the nation of origin is guilty of a human rights violation. Those who receive this designation may receive work permits as a result.


Senator Brown and representative Carey point to the fact that the largest concentration of Mauritanians live in Ohio with many of them settling around Cincinnati and the central part of the state. However, with a migrant crisis at the border, most federal solutions have been dedicated elsewhere. Ohio may not have the infrastructure to support processing all of the refugees, but with TPS or DED there are clear pathways that may alleviate the stressors on the immigration system and the state.

Solutions for Migrants

For those seeking refuge from conditions in the Islamic republic of Mauritania, there are legal options. Until TPS or DED can be granted, it’s important that individuals seek legal support from a qualified attorney. Sintsirmas & Mueller Co. L.P.A. has the experience you need to pursue migrant status in the United States.

Contact our firm today for more information.