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Temporary Protected Status extended for Myanmar

The Department of Homeland Security is extending Temporary Protected Status for Myanmar — the country formerly known as Burma. 

Temporary Protected Status — or TPS — is given to just over a dozen countries deemed too dangerous for its citizens to return to because of natural disaster, conflict or other violence.

DHS says the status will be granted to those from Myanmar for another 18 months. That means people who currently have the status can get it extended. It also means those who arrived in the U.S. by September 25th are newly eligible to apply. 

The agency says a 2021 military coup there has continued to sow violence and large scale human rights abuses like mass displacement and deadly force by state authorities.


Alisa Reznick is a senior field correspondent covering stories across southern Arizona and the borderlands for the Tucson bureau of KJZZ's Fronteras Desk.