Advancing Justice – AAJC Applauds U.S. Government Decision to Extend and Re-designate TPS for Over Three Thousand Burmese Nationals

Re-designation and extension will protect Burmese nationals for another 18 months
For Immediate Release
Michelle Boykins (202) 296-2300, ext. 0144

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Secretary of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas announced yesterday that the U.S. Government would extend and re-designate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Burmese nationals in the U.S. This announcement comes after 89 organizations, including Advancing Justice – AAJC, submitted a letter to the Biden Administration calling for the extension and re-designation. 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice AAJC issues the following statement: 

“We applaud the Department of Homeland Security for protecting the lives of thousands of Burmese nationals currently in the U.S. by extending and re-designating TPS for Burma.

TPS was initially granted to Burmese nationals in the U.S. in the wake of a military coup in February 2021 that saw the military government committing human rights violations and abuses that made it impossible to safely return to Burma. The violence has continued in the almost two years since, with the military continuing to engage in arbitrary detentions, torture, and killings of unarmed people.

Given these facts, an end to TPS for Burma could have been a death sentence for Burmese nationals in our communities who are in nonimmigrant status or do not have immigration status. By contrast, this extension and re-designation will provide temporary status and work authorization to almost 3,000 Burmese nationals until May 25, 2024.”