New York City, United States – In a sign of just how awful the situation in Syria is, the United States has quietly extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for about 7,000 undocumented Syrians living there since August 2016.

The administration of President Donald Trump has been trying to reduce pathways for regular as well as irregular immigration, drastically cutting the number of refugees allowed into the country. Such moves have included eliminating domestic abuse as a reason for seeking asylum and ending TPS for Hondurans and Guatemalans who have been allowed to work in the US since the 1990s.

But in an announcement that bucked the trend, Kevin McAleenan, acting secretary of homeland security, announced last week that the ongoing conflict in Syria and its “extraordinary conditions”

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