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USCRI Co-Leads Call for Extension and Redesignation of Temporary Protected Status for Burma

By USCRI March 21, 2024

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), TPS-DED AAC, Fortify Rights, CUSP, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice are joined by over 100 organizations to urge the Biden administration to extend and redesignate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Burma.

Temporary Protected Status extends work authorization and protection from removal for nationals of designated countries experiencing conflict, an environmental disaster, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions.

Current country conditions in Burma including ongoing conflict and human rights abuses, torture, executions, beatings, conscription, forced displacement, and discrimination based on ethnicity and religion make it impossible for people to safely return to the country.

 

An extension and redesignation would:

1) provide an 18-month extension for current TPS holders from Burma,

(2) expand the protections to more recently arrived Burmese individuals present in the United States by redesignating Burma for TPS

(3) provide a 180 day registration period for beneficiaries under the redesignation and the current designation’s extension, and

(4) a timely publication of the Federal Register to avoid employment disruptions and other hardships that result from any delays, and

(5) provide educational resources and public engagements for the impacted community.

 

No one should be forced to return to a country where they risk violations of their human rights.

Click here to read our letter to President Biden, Secretary Mayorkas, and Secretary Blinken

 

USCRI, founded in 1911, is a non-governmental, not-for-profit international organization committed to working on behalf of refugees and immigrants and their transition to a dignified life.

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