"In light of the deteriorating conditions in Syria, I am
announcing that DHS will be designating Syria for Temporary Protected
Status (TPS) for Syrians currently present in the United States.
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. Early next
week, the Department will publish a notice in the Federal Register that
will provide further guidance about TPS eligibility requirements and
registration procedures. All applicants must undergo full background
checks and while Syrians in the United States are encouraged to apply,
they should not submit their applications before the notice is
published." - Janet Napolitano, Mar. 23, 2012.