Cairo’s streets, once safe, are now plagued by crime, reports Kimberly Adams from NPR’s morning edition. Rebels employ guerilla tactics of attack and retreat while striving to hold Aleppo, reports an Economist correspondent from Idleb. In a hesitant spot of light, Libya’s elections cautiously proceeded a year after the overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi. However, Reuters cautioned, “getting a grip on security in an often anarchic post-Gaddafi Libya will be the priority for the country’s new ruling assembly when it starts life on Wednesday, the deputy prime minister says.”
Need we mention the days of outrageous horror in hotspots such as Iraq? Remember the bloody Monday of July 23rd, where at least 107 people were killed in bomb and gun attacks, which came on the heels of a bloody Sunday in which 20 died in coordinated explosions. Here, there, everywhere in the Middle East, insiders and outsiders claim that the intensifying conflicts and violence point out the deficiencies in the local security forces.
And here we sit, worlds apart, eyeing the Middle East over the horizon, curling out gaze over the ports of Nassau and Abaco, skipping off of the reports of worsening security in the North of Nigeria, and bouncing right from the July images of riot police using water cannons to quell clashes with police officers marching to demand government benefits (Note: no pun intended in this a security problem).
As though man-made violence were not cause enough for the destruction, the earth shook Iran’s northeastern region with two ferocious back-to-back earthquakes, allegedly killing over 300, destroying over 300 villages, and injuring some 3,000.
Let there be no reprieve from the seemingly stable countries in the Middle East area. Reports continue to trickle down of terror groups operating in Syria funded and trained by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey.
The meaning of this madness? Keep your eyes peeled for more USCIS designations of TPS (Temporary Protected Status) from the Middle East region. New inductees include Sudan and South Sudan. Recall that the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan recently reported (from the safety of Nairobi, Kenya) that inter-communal violence in the Jonglei state has been perpetuated and is intensifying, due to the proliferation of weapons and hate speech.
Miami International Attorneys will continue to report on TPS designations and the situation in the Middle East. For those South Sudanese who are seeking TPS, be aware of the following from the USCIS:
If you are a current Sudan TPS beneficiary and are now filing under South Sudan because of your changed nationality, you do not need to pay the TPS application fee, but you must still pay the biometrics and EAD fees. There is also an automatic EAD (Employment Authorization Document) extension, if you received a Sudan EAD and want a new EAD under your South Sudan designation. The USCIS has automatically extended the validity of EADs issued under the last extension of TPS Sudan for an additional 6 months.
Your local immigration lawyer should be able to assist you in your TPS filings and provide information relating to TPS designations.
Best of luck!