The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday that they will grant temporary amnesty to over 8,000 Syrian Refugees affected by the current crisis in Syria. The law allows for Syrian refugees who are currently living on American soil, regardless of legal status, to stay for another 18 months without consequences. In a statement Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said:
"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...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"
This law grants this refugees the protections of most immigrants under work visas and eliminates almost any threat of deportation. Syrian refugees who have already had their visas expired may potentially also be covered under the law. This is not the first time an order like this has been implemented from the DHS; over 7500 refugees have already been granted this status.