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United States won't give more Syrians protected status

This image is for use with this specific article only** The Trump administration is expected to extend protections for roughly 6,000 Syrian nationals in the US due to the ongoing civil war in the country United States won't give more Syrians protected status
Melinda Barton | 01 February, 2018, 09:54

Two U.S. officials familiar with the administration's plan say that "Temporary Protected Status" for Syrians will be renewed Wednesday.

Following weeks of deliberations between the Department for Homeland Security (DHS), the State Department and the White House, the decision was announced today by DHS secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

But they say the Homeland Security Department won't re-designate Syria as having conditions preventing citizens from returning safely. "We will continue to determine each country's TPS status on a country-by-country basis".

The decision was a relief for the Syrians who would have faced the prospect of returning to a fractured country racked with violence if the administration had rescinded their temporary protected status (TPS) when it ran out in March.

"It is clear that the conditions upon which Syria's designation was based continue to exist, therefore an extension is warranted under the statute". But the debate within the administration over the new applicants delayed the decision according to sources monitoring the issue.

The Trump administration previously chose to end TPS for Haitians and El Salvadorans.

The renewal of TPS means Syrian beneficiaries can receive work authorization through September 30, 2019.

There is no end in sight to the Syria conflict.

The president has cancelled the programme for various countries in recent months, affecting immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti and Nicaragua. It is essential that TPS remains available for Syrian nationals until peace is restored in their country.

More than 5.4 million people have fled Syria since 2011 when the country's deadly civil war began, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency. It was not created to be a blanket allowance for nationals of that country to come to the U.S., though programs like refugee and asylum protections could be applicable on a case-by-case basis. The 6,000 Syrians who are now in the US will be protected by DHS for another 18 months, while war continues in Syria, according to a CNN report. "They are Syrians who entered lawfully and now will either have to leave to an nearly certain death or remain here unlawfully in the shadows" said Ms Jundy.