More Syrians Given “Temporary Amnesty” by DHS

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More Syrians Given “Temporary Amnesty” by DHS

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson gave temporary amnesty on Monday to around 8,000 Syrians living in the U.S., no matter what their legal status turns out to be. He extended their legal stay to 18 months and told them then they could apply for work visas and “other documents” that would keep them from being deported.

Business as usual

Jeh Johnson  set a new program under TPS (Temporary Protected Status). The TPS program lists 13 countries that are eligible.

Under the old TPS program from 2012,  there are 5,800 Syrians living in the U.S., with about 2,500 that would be eligible under this new TPS program.

Note: In November, the House passed a bill [H.R. 4038 the America Safe Act] that would have effectively stopped or radically slowed the flow of Syrian refugees into the United States by increasing the screening requirements for both Syrian and Iraqi refugees. The Democrats in the Senate stymied the bill, killing it. Governors of 31 states told the president they would no longer accept Syrian refugees, to which he responded with threats to cut funding.


No vetting available

The Washington Times reported,

Those eligible for TPS include any Syrian illegal immigrants who have managed to sneak into or remain in the U.S. beyond their visa expirations over the last four years…

Those with serious criminal records or who authorities are able to determine to be national security risks are supposed to be rejected for TPS.

An in-person interview is not listed as one of the requirements for being approved for TPS, though officials can request an interview if someone lacks a birth certificate, passport or other primary document establishing their identity.

Proving identity and establishing someone’s criminal history are some of the biggest hurdles for Syrian refugees, according to American security officials, who say that the U.S. lacks access to Syrian systems that are usually used to verify someone’s history and check his or her criminal record

Translation: we can’t vet these people properly. The administration could care less.

New TPS – Temporary Protected Status

A person who is already under the TPS program has until the end of September to re-register for the new program. If they have been in the US illegally they have until Jan 30 to apply. The new program extends their stays, even if they have over-stayed their visas, from October 1, 2016 through March 31, 2018 without repercussions.


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