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Acting DHS Secretary Pekoske Extends Temporary Protected Status for Syria

DHS Acting Secretary Pekoske announced an 18-month extension and re-designation of Syria’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation. This action enables over 6,700 eligible Syrian nationals (and individuals without nationality who last resided in Syria) to retain their TPS through September 2022 and allows approximately 1,800 additional individuals to file initial applications to obtain such status.

Memorandum from Acting Secretary Pekoske on Immigration Enforcement Policies

On January 20, 2021, Acting Secretary Pekoske signed a memorandum directing DHS components to review immigration enforcement policies and set interim policies for civil enforcement. Beginning January 22, 2021, DHS will pause removals for certain noncitizens ordered deported to ensure we have a fair and effective immigration enforcement system focused on protecting national security, border security, and public safety.

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