Perspective IRC condemns Administration’s arbitrary decision not to protect Syrians fleeing war after August 1, 2016

The Trump Administration announced today an 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrians, but the announcement did not re-designate TPS for Syria. While the IRC welcomes the 18-month extension, we are profoundly concerned and indeed confused by the decision not to re-designate TPS for Syria. As a result, families who arrived after August 1, 2016 will not be eligible for temporary protection. This is simply bad – even irrational – policy, especially when the State Department unequivocally recognizes that “no part of Syria is safe from violence.”

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