Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders Mohammad Alala, his wife Dania, both from Syria and their two U.S. born children Taim and Amr sit on the sofa in their home in Miramar, Florida, U.S., January 24, 2018. REUTERS/Saul Martinez
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Targeted by the Syrian government after providing humanitarian supplies to civilians fleeing airstrikes, Mohammad Alala and his wife escaped in 2012, eventually obtaining student visas to enter the United States. They received a form of temporary protected status extended to Syrians in the United States because of Syria's civil war. The decision, due by Jan. 30, will affect some 6,000 Syrians.Roy Beck, president of Numbers USA, which favors immigration restrictions, said the group has not taken an official position on whether TPS for Syrians should be rescinded.Although the number of Syrians affected by the TPS decision is small compared to the number of Syrian refugees worldwide, advocates said stripping them of legal status could encourage countries hosting more Syrians to force them to return.Turkey is host to 3 million Syrian refugees, and UNHCR had registered two million Syrians in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon as of January 2018 .
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