At the end of January 2018, the Department of Homeland Security is set to make a decision on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syria, a program that allows 6,900 Syrians to live and work legally in the United States.
Ahead of this decision, Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ joined over 50 human rights, immigration, advocacy, and faith groups and organizations in a coalition letter to the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State calling for the extension and redesignation of TPS for Syria.
The letter explains: "The brutal war crimes and crimes against humanity, widespread arrests and repression, and starvation and medical deteriorations that Syrians inside the country are subjected to on a regular basis make the return of TPS beneficiaries untenable and tantamount to a death sentence."
The full text of the letter is available here (with an updated signatory list as of Jan. 23, 2018).
UPDATE: Church World Service delivered an interfaith letter signed by nearly 300 faith leaders & faith-based organizations to the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen, urging a re-designation & 18-mo extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrians. Click here to read the letter.