Posted by on March 01, 2012 in Blog

Following months of community pressure on the Obama administration and the Department of Homeland Security to grant Temporary Protected Status to Syrian nationals currently residing in the United States, six U.S. Senators today co-signed a letter to President Obama urging him to implement TPS immediately.

The Senators directly addressed the many benefits and protections afforded by TPS for those who fear violence on their return to their home country, while succinctly explaining that TPS does not change long-term immigration status or threaten the security and interests of the United States.

In light of the ongoing violence and deteriorating security situation in Syria, we respectfully request that your Administration promptly take all necessary steps to ensure that Syrian nationals present in the United States are not forced to return to Syria, including the designation of Syria for temporary protected status (TPS). We commend you for your leadership in rallying the international community to condemn the Assad regime’s brutal campaign of repression.  Forcing Syrian nationals to return to Syria in the midst of ongoing violence would undermine U.S. leadership and would be inconsistent with America’s traditional role as a safe haven for those fleeing repression.  At this delicate moment in relations between the United States and the Arab world, granting TPS to Syria will send a positive signal about our concern for the suffering of innocent Syrian civilians.

Read the full letter here.

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