Over 90,000 Syrians have died since the they started demonstrating for democracy in March 2011. The situation increasingly gets worse as the conflict goes on. Every week 50,000 Syrians flee their homes to neighboring countries to escape the escalating violence and destruction that is making their homes too dangerous to live in. There are more than a million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey, and Jordan, and more than 3.6 million displaced Syrians are living inside thier country without a permanent home. These numbers represent the growing instability and tragedy of Syria today.
Syrian immigrants were granted Temporary Protective Status (TPS) by Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, last year, but their TPS expires this September. If the TPS is not renewed, Syrian immigrants living and working in the United States in peace, will have to return to Syrian where they could be subjected to torture or murder due to the escalating violence targeting Syrians supporting democracy.
We feel that it is our responsibility as Americans to protect our Syrian immigrant neighbors that currently live and work amongst us. By renewing TPS, we can ensure that Syrian nationals are not sent back into harms way, and it would allow them to remain in the US for a limited time period until the violence ends. TPS would only be granted to Syrian immigrants already in the US that are legally allowed to work and reside in the country.
Join us in telling DHS Secretary Napolitano to help protect Syrian immigrants in the US and extend TPS status for them until the violence ends.