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

Posted on August 01, 2019 in Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CONTACT: Tess M. Waggoner

twaggoner@aaiusa.org

(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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Part of the Solution: How the US can be a positive influence in Syria and Yemen

Posted by Ryan Suto on October 18, 2018 in Blog

Syria and Yemen represent two of the final embers of the Arab Spring which swept across the region this decade. The conflicts in both countries have become, in part, proxy wars which have attracted regional players and international actors alike. For its part, U.S. policy has often exacerbated, and not mitigated, conflict in both countries. However, recent developments in Syria and Yemen provide opportunities for U.S. policy to shift toward supporting real political solutions.

In Syria, peace initiatives to resolve the civil war have been

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World Refugee Day 2018

Posted by Guest on June 20, 2018 in Blog

By Allison Ulven

On June 20, the United Nations recognizes World Refugee Day to raise awareness about the the ongoing crises and ask that people do anything they can to help those in need. As people around the world continue to flee their homes in search of shelter, opportunity, and hope, it is important that we stay informed and show our support.

2017 saw a rapid increase of refugees. By the middle of the year, the number of people under the UNHCR’s...

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Countdown Vol 17 No 21: Occupied Minds

Posted on April 20, 2018 in Countdown

Breaking: The State Department under Donald Trump has stopped using the word “occupation” to describe Israel’s presence in the Palestinian OCCUPIED territories.  We will have much more to say about that soon. 

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Countdown Vol 17 No 18: Days of Judgment

Posted on March 23, 2018 in Countdown

DREAMers Countdown: It’s been 198 days since President Trump moved to end DACA. The courts did step in to block the move, but Congress has yet to provide a permanent fix.

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Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on DHS’s Decision Regarding TPS for Syria

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 31, 2018 in Blog

Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org 

For Immediate Release: January 31, 2018

Official Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on DHS’s Decision Regarding TPS for Syria:

Today the Department of Homeland Security failed to re-designate Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and instead opted only to renew TPS for those Syrians who are already registered. Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement in response: While we are pleased the Department of Homeland Security saw fit to renew Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrians who have already registered, we are deeply disappointed that the Trump Administration has refused...

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Official Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on DHS’s Decision Regarding TPS for Syria

Posted on January 31, 2018 in Press Releases

Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org 

For Immediate Release: January 31, 2018

Official Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on DHS’s Decision Regarding TPS for Syria:

Today the Department of Homeland Security failed to re-designate Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and instead opted only to renew TPS for those Syrians who are already registered. Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement in response: While we are pleased the Department of Homeland Security saw fit to renew Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrians who have already registered, we are deeply disappointed that the Trump Administration has refused...

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Poll: Public Opinion in a Conflicted Middle East

Posted by Guest on November 30, 2017 in Blog

By: Sarah Seniuk For the 7th year, Zogby Research Services and the Arab American Institute conducted public opinion polling across the Middle East on behalf of the Sir Bani Yas Forum. This week, James Zogby was joined by Yousef Munayyer, Barbara Slavin, Gönül Tol, and Paul Salem to discuss the findings and their implications. Poll questions this year sought to understand the importance of relations with other countries in the region in addition to the US and Russia; the international roles at play in Syria,...

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