Posted by on January 02, 2014 in Blog

[Watch the hearing]

On January 7th, Assistant Majority Leader and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, Dick Durbin (D-IL) will convene a hearing on the Syrian refugee crisis. As the bloody civil war in Syria continues to rage on, nearly 2.5 million Syrians are now displaced and face deplorable conditions in refugee camps throughout Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey. In a statement issued on December 18, Senator Durbin’s office said “The hearing will focus on the plight of Syrian refugees fleeing the violent civil war in their home country.” In addition, the statement said the hearing “will examine the scope of the humanitarian crisis, including significant obstacles to humanitarian assistance and challenges facing host nations. The hearing will also focus on the prospects for the United States accepting Syrian refugees.”

Since the start of the Syrian crisis, AAI and our partner organizations have been advocating for sound policy with respect to the mounting Syrian refugee population. In 2012, we were part of a collective community effort to help secure Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for at-risk Syrian nationals in the U.S.; however, under the current Department of Homeland Security’s guidelines, less than 3,000 people have been eligible for TPS. Given the increasing gravity of the situation in Syria, which the UN High Commissioner on Refugees says is the worst refugee crisis since the Rwandan genocide, it is essential that the U.S. devise a policy to help deal with the growing number of Syrian refugees. Senator Durbin’s hearing constitutes an important step in determining what this policy should look like. We thank him for his leadership on this very important issue.

If you are in Washington and available on Tuesday, Jan 7, we strongly recommend that you attend the hearing and show your support.

Hearing details and logistics are below:

DATE: January 7, 2014

TIME: 02:30 PM

ROOM: Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216. Washington, DC

RSVP for the hearing

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