Protect TPS for Syrian Refugees
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) needs your help to support the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syria.
TPS for Syrian nationals expires March 31, 2018, and is fast approaching. Nearly 6,000 Syrian nationals in the United States are TPS beneficiaries and live in limbo for fear of forced removal. Let the Trump administration know that these gross violations of human rights are not acceptable!
Seven years of civil war and entrenched violence has destroyed the lives of hundreds of thousands of children and families in Syria. Violence with impunity, persecution, intimidation, detention, torture and gross human rights violations continue to plague Syria. Nearly three million Syrians still live in areas the UN defines as besieged or “hard to reach” and an average of 6,550 Syrians per day were displaced from their homes in 2017.
This is a humanitarian crisis that warrants the United States to redesignate TPS for Syria, and stand for humanity, dignity, and respect. Over two dozen U.S. Senators including Senator Sherrod Brown and Senator Jeff Merkley support TPS redesignation and extension for Sudan, Syria, Somalia, and Yemen.
The plight of the Syrian people is dear to the Arab American community.
Rania from Homs, Syria shares her story with ADC. “It is a tragedy. People do not have heat. They have no water and no food. I have three children. I have a degree in pharmacy from Syria and became a certified nursing assistant in the United States. I worked in hospitals for years before I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I am hoping that they extend TPS. If they do not, I do not know what we are going to do. My boys are very smart and good in school. And one day they can be someone great for this country.”
68,000 TPS recipients came to the U.S. as children, and roughly 273,000 U.S. born children have a parent with TPS status. Because TPS recipients do not have traditional immigration status, they are held hostage to the whims of the Trump administration.
ADC Wants to Hear From You
Are you a national who is a TPS beneficiary? Do you have a story to tell? Submit your experience to ADC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designates TPS to foreign countries in which conditions are unsafe for nationals to return or in conditions where a country is unequipped to support the return of its nationals. Conditions such as natural disasters and on-going conflict may warrant DHS to designate a foreign country for TPS.
TPS expiration dates often arrive before a country has stabilized after a natural disaster or before an armed conflict in a country has ceased. Allowing the TPS designation to expire would mean sending TPS beneficiaries back to countries where their lives are in jeopardy.