The “To Offer Refugees College Help” (TORCH) Act would expand affordable access to a college education for refugees, people who have been granted political asylum, and Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders who assisted U.S. armed forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, by providing for in-state tuition in the states they have made their homes.

Mr. Cuccinelli: America Remains the Safest Harbor for Women, Men and Children Fleeing Violence and Repression in Syria

Washington, DC — Today, a coalition of Syrian American community groups and humanitarian NGOs welcomed former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli as acting head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and urged him to redesignate and extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Syrians who face unprecedented levels of violence and oppression at home.

"Acting Director Cucinnelli made efforts as Attorney General to protect the vulnerable, including women being trafficked and children facing abuse," the coalition said. "Families fleeing violence in Syria have found refuge in the United States as the Syrian government, its allies and terrorist groups ratchet up violence in places like Idlib Province and perpetrate repressive policies across the country. In Idlib more than three million Syrians are facing barrel bomb attacks on civilian centers like hospit...

Refugee Council USA Releases Comprehensive Report on the Harmful Impact of Drastic Refugee Resettlement Cuts

Yesterday, the Refugee Council USA (RCUSA) released a report on the multiple ways in which the current Administration’s refugee policies have devastated the individuals and families seeking safety, the communities that wish to welcome them, and the U.S. resettlement program at large.

The 26-page report paints a bleak picture, outlining the dozens of policies and executive actions that have harmed vulnerable populations, both here in the United States and abroad. It also shows the negative impact of drastically reduced refugee admissions not just on the refugees themselves, but also on local and regional economies, and the resettlement infrastructure that will take years to rebuild.

As you may recall, in 2018, the United States admitted only 69 refugees from Syria. For the federal government’s 2019 fiscal year, which ends on September 30th, the number of arrivals is 218.  While this...

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11 Important Facts About the Syrian War Today

• Idlib is the last bastion of the opposition that remains outside the control of the Assad regime. Due to people who have fled fighting elsewhere in Syria, Idlib’s population has swollen from 1 million to more than 3 million.

• Russian and Syrian forces have deliberately attacked medical facilities. In recent weeks, there have been at least 25 attacks on hospitals, some with banned weapons including barrel bombs and incendiary devices – weapons with wide-area impact.

• Towns and villages throughout Idlib province that have resisted extremism are now coming under fire.

• Thousands of acres of vital crops in Northern Syria have been burned during the recent fighting, creating a humanitarian crisis, and turning food into a weapon of war.

• Five markets and six centers house the White Helmets — the Syrian Civil Defence Force — have also been attacked.

• Due to the bombing, more than 250,000 people have be...

Lawmakers Urge Trump on Idlib

As a continuation of effort to keep our constituents informed about the worsening situation in Idlib, the last non-regime held territory in Syria, the Syrian American Council reports D.C. legislators are eager to take action.

Members of Congress are being requested to sign onto a draft letter from House Syria Caucus co-chairs Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) to President Trump urging that the U.S. work to address the growing escalation of violence in Idlib. Social media posts on Idlib were forthcoming from Kinzinger, along with tweets from Rep. Vincente Gonzalez (D-Texas), Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Rep. French Hill (R-Ark.). A joint-statement from the House Foreign Affairs Chairman Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Ranking Member Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) blasted the actions of the Assad regime and Russia. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) did so as well during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense hearing; he read a September...

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