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Syrians to Get Temporary Protected Status

March 23, 2012 - Posted by Dan Gordon

Good news this afternoon from the Department of Homeland Security: It will extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Syrian nationals living in the U.S. Temporary Protected Status will last for 18 months, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

TPS grants temporary refuge when conditions in a home country “pose a danger to personal safety due to ongoing armed conflict or an environmental disaster,” according to DHS.

The violence in Syria fits “ongoing armed conflict” to a T, and everyday citizens’ personal safety is most certainly in danger. Even as I type this, a headline flashes on TV: “At least 36 dead in Syria.” Sadly, this is far from the first day we have seen such headlines, nor will it be the last.

The United States is right to allow foreigners to stay here when removal would result in great peril, and we applaud the Obama Administration for taking this action. We can only hope that conditions in Syria will improve in the coming months.

Registration for TPS status is not yet open, but USCIS plans to post a notice in the Federal Register next week. The agency also will provide information on who is eligible, how to register and when registration will open. More information is available at www.uscis.gov/tps.

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