I’ve had the privilege of helping Syrians remain legally in the US since 2011, the start of the Syrian civil war. The majority of my clients are doctors, not terrorists. They are contributing enormously to our country through scientific research and medical advances that benefit us all. It breaks their hearts that they can no longer return home as they had planned to do at the end of residency or fellowship. Now many of their friends and family are dead for protesting Al Assad or fighting ISIS. Their homes are leveled. There are no hospitals for them to work in. There are no schools to send their children. Syrians are seeking refuge not because they want to, but because they have to. Their country is no longer habitable. Do we need proper security measures prior to admitting Syrians to ensure each individual is not a national security threat? Absolutely… the same security measures we use for every person entering this country.
If you are a Syrian in the United States and are seeking ways to remain in our country lawfully, please contact my office as soon as possible and I would be happy to discuss your options. I have successfully represented many Syrians with asylum applications, J-1 waiver applications based on persecution, and employment and family-based adjustment applications.