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Homeland Security Grants Temporary Amnesty to 8,000+ Syrians in U.S.

Syria mapBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

More than 8,000 Syrians living in the U.S. were granted temporary amnesty Thursday.

The Washington Times reports that Homeland Security is allowing Syrian to remain in the U.S. for up to 18 more months.

Secretary Jeh Johnson issued “temporary protected status” to Syrians, saying they may seek work permits and other way to live in the U.S.

“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,” Johnson said.

FBI Steps Up Scrutiny of Syrians Inside U.S. Amid Fears of Retaliation for Military Action

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is stepping up its surveillance of Syrians inside the U.S. because of fears of a terrorist attack in retaliation for American military involvement in the country’s affairs, the New York Times reports.

Also of concern are cyberattacks, which officials warned federal agencies and private companies about in recent days.

Syria isn’t the only worry. Authorities also are on alert after Iran threatened to retaliate against Israel if the U.S. attacks, the New York Times wrote. Iran also is considered a sponsor of terrorism and could attack U.S. targets.

“They’re not starting from scratch — the field offices know what they have in terms of sources and investigations, but this is a directive for them to redouble their efforts and check their traps,” one senior American official told the Times.