President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending temporary amnesty status for thousands of Burmese nationals living in the United States who would otherwise be eligible for deportation.
On Monday, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced that the Biden administration would extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an additional 18 months to nearly 3,300 Burmese nationals living in the United States.
“Under this extension and redesignation, Myanmar nationals and habitual residents will be able to stay temporarily in the United States until conditions in the country improve and individuals can return safely,” Mayorkas said in a statement.
The TPS extension means nearly 1,000 current Burmese beneficiaries will be able to stay in the United States through May 2024, while nearly 2,300 more Burmese could become eligible for status.
Mayorkas first opened up TPS to Burmese nationals last year as hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals, who would otherwise be deportable, take advantage of the status, including about 343,000 Venezuelans.
TPS serves as a quasi-amnesty for foreign nationals, created under the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1990 (INA), which prevents deportations of those from countries experiencing famine, war or natural disasters.
Since the Clinton administration, TPS has evolved into a de facto amnesty program, as the Clinton, Bush, Obama, Trump and now Biden administrations have continually renewed the program for a variety of countries.
In 2021, more than 400,000 foreign nationals live in the United States with TPS status.
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