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After four months of rising violence in Myanmar, the Biden administration is allowing Myanmar nationals to apply for Temporary Protected Status. Roughly 1,600 Myanmar nationals “continuously residing” in the U.S. are eligible to apply through Nov. 22, the Department of Homeland Security said. The United Nations has accused Myanmar’s military leaders of intensely cracking down against pro-democracy demonstrators. The leaders seized power in a February coup, and their security forces have since allegedly killed dozens of protesters. VOA News
Biden Won’t Change DHS Budget in 2022
The Biden administration’s proposed fiscal year 2022 budget will give the Department of Homeland Security $52.2 billion in funding. That’s the same budget as the year before, even though the agency recently dealt with a far larger influx of migrants at the border. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the budget will include $1.2 billion for border infrastructure and $345 million for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to address naturalization and asylum backlogs. The administration also plans to boost funds for DHS programs that help climate change preparedness, cybersecurity protection and violent extremism. The Washington Post
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ACLU Demands COVID-19 Vaccines for Immigrant Detainees
The American Civil Liberties Union is urging the Biden administration to give immigrant detainees access to COVID-19 vaccines. The letter to Mayorkas and acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tae Johnson called the agency’s failure to distribute vaccines to 22,000 immigrant detainees was a “failure.” According to Johnson, 2,707 detainees have received at least one dose as of May 5 and 1,229 detainees are fully vaccinated. ICE’s vaccination procedures direct immigration jails to contact their state’s vaccine resource for guidance. Throughout the pandemic, Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facilities have seen more than 15,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and nine deaths. There were 1,495 positive cases in ICE custody as of May 25. CNN
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