Minneapolis, Minn. ( Associated Press) — President Joe Biden’s administration said Monday it would further extend the temporary protected status in the United States for several thousand people from Myanmar following a coup last year. Army in an Asian nation.
The decision extends Temporary Protected Status (TPS) by 18 months until May 25, 2024, for approximately 970 people in Myanmar, and enables an additional 2,290 people to live and work in the country by that date. If they were already in the United States on Sunday.
National Security Secretary Alejandro Meyerkas said the people of Myanmar are “suffering from a complex and worsening humanitarian crisis caused by a military coup, an insurgency by security forces against civilians and brutal violence.”
Myanmar has been ruled by armed forces for most of the last 70 years. The military coup impeded a gradual transition to a democratically elected civilian government and a more modern and open economy, and resulted in a series of sanctions against the armed forces, which were involved in many industries, as well as relatives of military elements. controls. mate.
In 2019, there were approximately 150,000 Myanmar migrants in the United States, according to an analysis of census data by the Migration Policy Institute. The largest concentration was in Marion County, Indiana, with 8,800; Los Angeles County, with 7,600; and Ramsey County, Minnesota, with 6,800.
Congress created the TPS program in 1990 to provide asylum to those who could not return to their country due to natural calamities or civil unrest. About 350,000 people from more than a dozen countries benefit from the measure, which can be extended in increments of up to 18 months. El Salvador migrants are the biggest beneficiaries.
Former President Donald Trump’s administration tried to end TPS for several countries, but faced legal challenges.