March 23rd, 2012
04:30 PM ET

Syrians in U.S. may apply to stay under Temporary Protected Status

 By CNN's Carol Cratty

 Starting next week, Syrians who have been living temporarily in the United States will be able to apply for Temporary Protected Status and remain in the U.S., the Department of Homeland Security announced Friday.

"Conditions in Syria have worsened to the point where Syrian nationals already in the United States would face serious threats to their personal safety if they were to return to their home country," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a written statement.

A Homeland Security official said that an estimated 2,500 to 3,000 people who now have visas will be eligible to apply to stay in the U.S. for 18 months. Approval is not automatic: Applicants must undergo full background checks, and criminals and anyone considered a national security threat will not be accepted, according to the official.

A notice will be published in the Federal Register next week, giving instructions on how to apply to stay in the U.S. under the temporary status. Homeland Security cautions that no paperwork should be submitted before the official notice is posted.

A country can be designated for Temporary Protected Status if it is in the midst of an ongoing armed conflict such as a civil war, if an epidemic or environmental disaster such as an earthquake has happened, or if some other extraordinary situation has occurred.

Seven other countries are designated for Temporary Protected Status: El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan.

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    Asia for Asians, Africa for Africans, White countries for everyone?

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    be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY.
    into White countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are more.
    crowded than Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve.
    this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote.
    assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final.
    solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY White.
    countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-Whites.

    What
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    solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into.
    EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries? How long would it.
    take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am
    talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem? And how long.
    would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho.
    black man wouldn’t object to this?

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    truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the White.
    race, Liberals and respectable conservatives will just say that I’m a.
    naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

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    • Just Pull

      I 'm going to lay off the insults because after reading your statement i'm assuming that your just an ignorant kid. Before you read what i have to say, please find the definition of "thirdworld" "Assimilate" and Genocide. Define a white country. Whites live in Asia and Africa. They live in south america. They live in north america. They live in europe. African isnt a race. White isnt a race. Asian isnt a race. America is far from crowded. And its considered a melting pot. America was never a "white" country. It was native american. Then europeans came and imported black slaves. There were italian immigrants. There were irish, chinese, korean, mexican and many more. Einstein came from germany!! Each race was a backbone in america at one point in history. The chinese built the railroad. African slaves was the driving force behind the southern economy. There were soooo many flaws in your statement that i dont have enough time to adress them all. Just pull your head out your ass and stick it in some books.

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        thumbs up ,
        i wonder if anyone can show us what an american looks like , because if one were to walk through the cemetary of the usa fallen in both in the usa and abroad that deid defending freedom and the usa , they would find all people of all races have honoured their country and freedom with a service that most of us could never do.

        SO CAN ANYONE TELL US WHAT AN AMERICAN LOOKS LIKE ?

        March 25, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
  29. Oh hell....

    Please no, keep your crazy over there where killing in the name of your God is okay, because over here, it isn't

    March 23, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Reply
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      Your ignorance equals only your screen name. I can't believe we still have such germs on earth

      March 25, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Reply

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