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The Trump administration has extended temporary protection for nearly 7,000 Syrians in living in the US as the war continues to ravage their country.

They were shielded from deportation under a humanitarian programme, Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

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The president has canceled TPS programmes for various countries in recent months, affecting immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, and Nicaragua.

The extension does not apply to any new or recent applicants from Syria.

For Syrians already living and working in the US, TPS will be extended for another 18 months. But Syrians who entered the country after August 2016 will be excluded from the programme.

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