03.26.12

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Department Of Homeland Security Decision To Grant Temporary Protected Status For Syrians In The United States

[Today, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) would be designated for Syrians currently present in the United States.  Due to the ongoing violence in Syria, returning to their home would pose a serious threat to their safety.  This status ensures that Syrians living in the U.S. can remain here safely; however, those with criminal backgrounds or who pose a threat to national security are ineligible for TPS.  Only those Syrians living in the U.S. when TPS was granted – not those who enter at a later date – will be eligible for the designation. At the end of February, Senator Leahy joined five of his Senate colleagues in a letter urging Secretary Napolitano to grant TPS to Syrians in the U.S.. You can view more information about TPS and that letter here.]

“I commend Secretary Napolitano for granting Temporary Protected Status for Syrians in the United States.  The situation in Syria is deteriorating day by day, and Syrian citizens are in grave danger in their home nation.  The United States must not deport Syrians who are currently present on our soil.  This designation will ensure that Syrians here in the United States can contribute to the restoration of peace in their nation.”

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