DHS Extends Syrians’ Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months
The Department of Homeland Security announced Wednesday that it would grant an 18-month extension for 6,900 Syrians’ temporary protected status. “It is clear that the conditions upon which Syria’s designation was based continue to exist, therefore an extension is warranted under the statute,” DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement. According to The New York Times, the extension cuts off consideration for Syrians who came to the U.S. after Aug. 1, 2016. The Trump administration previously ended the protected status designation for Salvadorans, Haitians, and Nicaraguans.