AAI Dismayed by DHS Failure to Re-designate TPS for Syria

Posted on August 01, 2019 in Press Releases



(202) 429-9210 August 1, 2019

Washington, D.C.- Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will extend, but not re-designate, temporary protected status (TPS) for Syria. The failure to re-designate TPS for Syria abandon’s the moral and legal obligation of the United States to protect recently-arrived Syrians in the United States from being forced to return to life-threatening conditions in Syria.

TPS allows citizens of specified war-torn or disaster-impacted countries to live and work in the U.S. Syria has been designated for the TPS program since...

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Extend and Re-Designate TPS for Syria

Posted on July 30, 2019 in Action Alerts

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s temporary protected status (TPS) allows citizens of specified war-torn or disaster-impacted countries to live and work in the U.S. Removing a country from the list requires nationals present in the U.S. to either find another visa program or return to their home country.

Syria has been designated for the TPS program since 2012 due to ongoing armed conflict in that country, and at present there are 7,000 Syrians living in the U.S. under TPS.

By August 1, DHS and the State Department must decide whether conditions in Syria require the U.S. to extend protection for current Syrian TPS holders and whether to allow more Syrians already in the U.S. to also apply for protection.

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August Recess

Posted on July 25, 2019 in Advocacy

Your Member of Congress is home-- it's time to go to work!

Hate Days A Week

Posted by Ryan J. Suto on July 19, 2019 in Blog
Last year Trump set the ceiling at just 30,000--a record low. And as of June, only 18,000 refugees were actually admitted in 2019. Politico reported that, while the White House wants to set the number of refugees admitted at zero, executive branch agencies are advocating for up to 10,000, a fraction of what America has historically accepted and an insulting number given the backdrop of one of the worst refugee crises we have seen in modern history. 
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Keep Away the Tired, Poor, Huddled Masses...

This week, the Trump Administration issued a rule which will deny asylum to migrants at the US-Mexico border on the basis that they should have claimed asylum in the first country through which they passed. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi expressed concern, stating that the rule will “...put vulnerable families at risk…. This measure is severe and is not the best way forward.” The UNHCR stated it is “..ready to play a constructive role if needed…” This is where we are, folks: The UN is concerned about human rights in...

Detained and Abused

Late last month, Trump’s Twitter feed (the gift that keeps on giving) tipped off the country to immigration raids planned for later that week, which prompted us to post resources and analysis for those who might be impacted. This time, it seems the New York Times was the first to sound the alarm. Hopefully these raids don’t become a regular political tactic in the lead-up to the next election as a means to keep xenophobes clutching their pearls. But we cannot allow these raids to pull attention away from the systematic abuse...

Trump v. Hawaii

Posted by Guest on June 24, 2019 in Blog
Though disguised as a tool for national security, his restrictions embody a shrouded fear of “otherness” and that which is deemed un-American. But it is neither this administration’s duty nor privilege to define what being American means.
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This Weekend's New Immigration Enforcement Raids Are More Institutionalized Cruelty

Posted by Ryan Suto on June 22, 2019 in Blog

For resources on what to do if you fear being approach by immigration officials, in English and Arabic, please see our posts on Facebook and Twitter.

Beginning early tomorrow morning, federal immigration officials will begin conducting a mass roundup of migrant families in and near ten cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, and San Francisco. According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) acting director Mark Morgan, the...

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#CelebrateImmigrants this June

Posted by Tess Waggoner on June 01, 2019 in Blog

Happy Immigrant Heritage Month!

Each year in the month of June, we collect and share stories about the remarkable contributions Arab Americans from all walks of life have made to our society and our country. 

Arab Americans are doctors, lawyers, teachers, engineers, singers, actors, activists, researchers, athletes, poets, public servants and so much more; all innovators, in so many ways. You can read about some of the outstanding achievements of Arab Americans here. 

Now’s your chance to share your story! 

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