U.S. extends protected status for Syrians for another 18 months

Syrian refugees arrive in the United States.
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On Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security announced it is extending temporary protected status for some Syrians who fled civil war in their country.

Temporary protected status allows people from specific countries devastated by war or natural disaster to pay hundreds of dollars for permits that allow them to live and work in the U.S. without fear of deportation. As of last October, about 7,000 Syrians were participating in the program, and NPR reports that about 2,000 Syrian visa holders do not fit the requirements and are not covered by this new 18-month extension.

Former President Barack Obama extended protection to Syrians in March 2012, as the civil war started to ramp up. Over the last several months, the Trump administration has announced that it's ending temporary protected status for people from Sudan, Haiti, and Nicaragua.

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