Immigrant Advocates Applaud TPS Redesignation for Syria, While Demanding Equitable Protections for All Refugees

New York, NY—Today, the Department of Homeland Security announced that they would be redesignating Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syria. The New York Immigration Coalition applauds this decision, which will protect the many Syrian refugees who have recently arrived in the United States, while demanding permanent and equitable protections for all refugees and asylum seekers.

Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition:

“New York City is home to the largest community of Syrian Americans in the country, many of whom arrived here as refugees escaping violent displacement and instability during an earlier time. The redesignation of TPS for Syria recognizes the ongoing brutal conflict and the need for relief for the many Syrian refugees who continue to arrive in America seeking refuge. Yet, this positive news is clouded by the persistent failures of the Biden administration to protect other refugees and asylum seekers. The continued enforcement of Remain in Mexico at the border, despite a positive Supreme Court ruling last month, cruelly subjects people seeking freedom and safety to danger for no justifiable reason. The Biden administration must end their hypocritical immigration policies and extend permanent and equitable protections for all refugees and asylum seekers, no matter their country of origin, so that all people are welcome in this country.”