The Department of Homeland Security on January 30, 2018, will decide whether to extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) of about 6,000 Syrian war refugees living in the U.S. who fled the war in Syria in the early part of this decade. The Syrian civil war that started in 2011 is still raging on and has been a humanitarian disaster displacing millions of Syrians in its wake. The 6,000 Syrians living and working in the U.S. were granted TPS status by the Obama Administration and now await whether they can continue living and working in the U.S. or go back to Syria.
TPS is a program that gives legal status to citizens of foreign countries ravaged by war or natural disasters to live and work in the U.S. temporarily until such time that the war or natural disaster ceases to exist. The TPS status of recipients is renewed by the U.S. government periodically based on a re-assessment whether the underlying conditions still exist. The Trump Administration has, however, in past months ended the protection for TPS recipients of individuals from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan.