DHS Approves 18-Month Extension for Syria Temporary Protected Status

DHS Approves 18-Month Extension for Syria Temporary Protected Status

Decision Follows Sustained Advocacy by Syrian American Organizations with Congress and Trump Administration

(Washington, D.C. - August 1, 2019) Today the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its decision to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrians for 18 months. This decision allows for around 7,000 Syrians residing in the United States to remain on TPS, and follows sustained advocacy efforts by a coalition of Syrian American organizations and TPS holders across the country engaging with Congress, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the public. 

“As Syrian American organizations, we are reassured by the Administration’s decision to extend TPS, which will allow Syrians to remain safely in the United States. The threat to civilians living in Syriaand those returning is still very real, and we appreciate the Administration listened to our concerns and those of Members of Congress who advocated for Syria TPS. The State Department issued a travel advisory in April of this year stating plainly:  ‘No part of Syria is safe from violence.’ Until that changes, no Syrian should be forced back to a war zone.”

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46 Orgs Join Syria TPS Coalition Letter

The Syrian American Council joined in a letter from 46 human rights, immigration, advocacy, and humanitarian organizations in calling for the extension and re-designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syria. 
 
Nearly 7,000 Syrians currently live in the United States under TPS. With TPS for Syria set to expire on September 30, 7,000 lives face an uncertain future. We cannot let this happen. The Syrian American Council stands with this coalition of organizations, our community, and Syrian TPS holders in urging the U.S. government to extend and re-designate TPS for Syria.

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Syrian American Council Calls for Response to Massacres in Idlib

Syrian American Council Calls for Response to Massacres in Idlib

WASHINGTON D.C., July 24, 2019 – The Syrian American Council calls for an urgent response from the Trump administration and international community following an escalating series of Russian-led assaults on civilians in Idlib province of northern Syria. More than 100 civilians were killed and wounded Monday in Russian strikes on civilian residences in Maarat al-Numan town, with a death toll of 39. Similar airstrikes on Urm al-Kubra village Sunday killed 12 civilians and wounded 22. A Russian aerial blitz on Jisr al-Shughur town last Thursday caused almost 90% of remaining town residents to flee toward Turkey. 

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Syrian American Council Joins Call for Syria Aid Reform

Syrian American Council Joins Call for Syria Aid Reform

WASHINGTON D.C., June 20, 2019 – The Syrian American Council commends the recent Human Rights Watch report “Rigging the System: Government Policies Co-Opt Aid and Reconstruction Funding in Syria” and calls for the recommendations in the report – which endorses aid deliveries and reconstruction independent of the Assad regime – to be implemented. Impoverished Syrians on the ground and Syrian American aid organizations working to help them have long observed the Assad regime's cynical manipulation of humanitarian aid. Though the report reveals ugly realities, we call on aid providers to seize this opportunity to recommit to their noble goals of supporting the Syrians most in need.

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Premier of Music Video for ‘Man of Peace’ From Award-Winning Documentary ‘Little Gandhi’

Premier of Music Video for ‘Man of Peace’ From Award-Winning Documentary ‘Little Gandhi’

WASHINGTON D.C., June 20, 2019 – The Syrian American Council has proudly sponsored U.S. screenings of the award-winning documentary and Syria's first official entry into the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, “Little Gandhi.” These powerful screening and panel discussion events helped spread the inspirational and heart-wrenching story of Syrian peace activist Ghiyath Matar.

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Mr. Cuccinelli: America Remains the Safest Harbor for Women, Men and Children Fleeing Violence and Repression in Syria

Mr. Cuccinelli: America Remains the Safest Harbor for Women, Men and Children Fleeing Violence and Repression in Syria

Coalition Urges New USCIS Acting Director to Extend Protected Status for Syrians

WASHINGTON D.C., June 19, 2019 – Today, a coalition of Syrian American community groups and humanitarian NGOs welcomed former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli as acting head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and urged him to redesignate and extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Syrians who face unprecedented levels of violence and oppression at home.

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Syrian American Council Applauds Sanctions on Assad

Syrian American Council Applauds Sanctions on Assad

WASHINGTON D.C., June 13, 2019 – The Syrian American Council applauds the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s decision Tuesday to designate 16 individuals and entities linked to Bashar al-Assad's brutal dictatorship. These new sanctions targeted powerful Syrian businessman Samir Foz, a member of Assad's inner circle who is also a key component in the Assad regime's ongoing sanctions evasion. While such sanctions alone are not sufficient to deter Assad’s crimes, Tuesday's decision is a promising first step toward addressing what President Trump rightly called the “butchery” of civilians in Idlib by the Assad regime.

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Syrian American Council Offers Appreciation to Syria Caucus for Letter to Trump

Syrian American Council Offers Appreciation to Syria Caucus for Letter to Trump

The Friends of a Free, Stable and Democratic Syria Caucus urges Trump to take action on Idlib amidst escalating attacks

WASHINGTON D.C., May 22, 2019–The Syrian American Council express its gratitude to Rep. Brendan F. Boyle (D-PA), Rep. Adam D. Kinzinger (R-IL), and the 31 other members of the Friends of a Free, Stable and Democratic Syria Caucus who called last week for the Trump administration to take action to halt the bloodshed in northwest Syria. The Syrian American Council echoes their call for the administration to help reinstate the ceasefire in northwest Syria, and stresses the urgency of this effort.

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Hundreds Dead and Thousands Displaced in Idlib as Peace Talks Fail

 

Hundreds Dead and Thousands Displaced in Idlib as Peace Talks Fail

Syrian American organizations turn to the international community to stop the slaughter as attacks intensify


WASHINGTON D.C.,
May 6, 2019 – Syrian American organizations implore the United States government and the international community to stop the slaughter of civilians in Idlib by the Russian and Assad regime forces. Since Wednesday, there has been a surge in air strikes, barrel bomb attacks, and bombings of civilian neighborhoods, including hospitals and schools in Idlib and Hama provinces, resulting in hundreds of civilians killed and tens of thousands displaced.

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Syrian American Council Denounces UN Move to Damascus

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Syrian American Council Denounces UN Move to Damascus

Consolidation of Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs would give Assad regime control of aid distribution

WASHINGTON D.C., May 3, 2019 – The Syrian American Council condemns the impending move of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to Damascus. Though no official announcement has been made, available information indicates that the Jordan OCHA headquarters will be consolidated with Damascus, with procedures starting to make the move official.

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