USCRI: U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

March 5, 2012

Advocates for Refugees Praise Senators' Call
for Protection of Syrians in U.S.

Washington, D.C.– U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) President and Chief Executive Officer, Lavinia Limon, today applauded a key group of six U.S. Senators who are pushing for President Obama to extend ‘temporary protected status’ (TPS) to Syrian nationals currently in the United States.  In a letter last week, U.S. Senators Durbin (D-IL), Leahy (D-VT), Feinstein (D-CA), Menendez (D-NJ), Cardin (D-MD) and Casey (D-PA) asked President Obama to make the TPS designation so that Syrians living in the U.S. would be allowed to remain temporarily due to the danger now posed by returning to a Syria plunged in violence.  USCRI has called publicly for the presidential TPS designation to protect Syrians since May of last year.

“We are gratified that this important group of Senators, all of whom carry great influence in foreign policy matters, have made this request,” said USCRI’s Lavinia Limon.  “Syrians now in the United States cannot, and should not have to, return to the dangerous war zone in their home country.  Granting them temporary protected status will allow them to remain here safely and legally until the situation in Syria is stabilized.  We are very pleased that these Senate leaders have joined with refugee advocates in this request for protection, and we hope that the President will listen.”

TPS is a temporary immigration status, which allows foreign nationals who meet all registration requirements to live, work, and study in the United States during the period of designation. It does not lead to permanent residency. TPS may be granted in situations where there are extraordinary and temporary conditions, such as war or natural disaster, in the home country that prevent nationals from returning safely.

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