USCRI: U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

May 25, 2011

USCRI Urges the Obama Administration to Designate Temporary Protected Status for Eligible Libyans, Syrians, and Yemenis in the United States

Washington, D.C.—In light of the current unrest in North Africa and the Middle East, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) calls on  President Barack Obama and the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Libyans, Syrians, and Yemenis who are presently  in the United States.

Libya is in the midst of a full-blown warfare while the death toll and violence in Yemen and Syria keep growing as protesters are met with armed resistance from government forces.  Nationals of these countries need an option to remain in the United States legally until it is safe to return home.  Visitors and students are particularly vulnerable as they have to adhere to strict visa regulations.

“Libyans, Yemenis, and Syrians currently residing in the United States cannot, and should not have to, return to these conflict zones,” said Lavinia Limón, President and CEO of USCRI.  “Granting them Temporary Protected Status would allow them to remain here safely and legally until the situation in their home countries has stabilized.” 

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.  Currently, eligible nationals of El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Somalia, and Sudan qualify for TPS in the United States.

USCRI is a Washington, D.C. area-based nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing fair and humane public policy, facilitating and providing direct professional services, and promoting the full participation of refugees and immigrants in community life.

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