January 28, 2018

A SIMPLE TEST:

Thousands of Syrians in the US await pivotal decision on protections : This week Trump's administration may revoke temporary protected status for thousands and send them back to dangerous conditions (Amanda Holpuch, 28 Jan 2018, The Guardian)

These Syrians have temporary protected status (TPS), which allows people to stay and work in the US because of dangerous conditions in their home country. The US government warned this month that no place in Syria is safe from violence, but humanitarian groups are concerned the administration's anti-immigrant policies - specifically towards people from Muslim-majority countries - suggest it will not renew TPS.

Three days before the 30 January deadline to decide, the lives of people like Michael Shakur, a 25-year-old who fled Aleppo in October 2014, hang in the balance.

Shakur traveled to the US legally in January 2015 and eventually qualified for TPS. He is alone in Brooklyn, where he has difficulty finding work because potential employers know his TPS could expire. He has applied for asylum, but the processing system is backlogged.

Despite the challenges, Shakur said he is grateful "every second" for TPS. "This is a chance at life, a chance to escape the pointless misery that was in Syria," Shakur told the Guardian.

Posted by at January 28, 2018 8:00 AM

  

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