On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security told over 8,000 Syrians who are currently in the United States illegally that they could stay an additional 18 months under temporary amnesty, according to the Washington Times.
Secretary Jeh Johnson cited “civil conflict” in Syria as the reasoning behind giving these unlawful residents amnesty and allowing them to stay in the country temporarily.
“Syria’s lengthy civil conflict has resulted in high levels of food insecurity, limited access to water and medical care, and massive destruction of Syria’s infrastructure,” Johnson said. “Attacks against civilians, the use of chemical weapons and irregular warfare tactics, as well as forced conscription and use of child soldiers have intensified the humanitarian crisis.”
The almost 5,800 Syrians who were granted temporary protected status under a similar program in 2012, but have overstayed their welcome, as well as the 2,500 new arrivals who don’t have a more permanent status here will now be allowed to apply for work permits and other documents to remain in the country without fear of punishment or deportation.
The order also includes any illegal immigrants who managed to sneak into the country from Syria or who were here on temporary visas that have now expired.
The program was meant to be a humanitarian relief for people from countries where natural disasters or war make for dangerous living circumstances.
However, the Obama administration doesn’t seem concerned about the dangerous living situation he puts Americans in by allowing Syrians to migrate and remain in the U.S. without any reliable system for vetting those who may be sympathetic to or involved with the Islamic State group.
Let’s not forget about the thousands of additional Syrians the president has promised to bring into the country before he leaves office on top of those he just granted amnesty.
What do you think about the Obama administration giving temporary amnesty to thousands of Syrians?