On November 20, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will designate Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This designation will allow nationals of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in one of those countries) who are currently residing in the U.S. to apply for temporary protection.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a new policy clarifying the definition of "mother" and "parent" under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The revised definitions will now include gestational mothers using asisted reproductive technology (ART) regardless of whether they are the genetic mothers.
People all over the world are watching daily news of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa with great concern over if and how it may affect them, their families and their communities. Much of the focus has been on people leaving countries where the outbreak has hit the hardest. Little of the attention has been paid to nationals of those countries who are already outside their home countries and may not be able to return due to the outbreak.