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A vigil for those reportedly impacted by violence in anti-coup protests. Photo: STR/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. government will grant temporary deportation relief and work permits to Myanmar citizens amid an increasingly violent crackdown by security forces in the Southeast Asian country, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas announced Friday.

What he's saying: "Due to the military coup and security forces’ brutal violence against civilians, the people of Burma are suffering a complex and deteriorating humanitarian crisis in many parts of the country," Mayorkas said in a statement.

  • "The coup has worsened humanitarian conditions in several areas by limiting access to life-saving assistance, disrupting flights carrying humanitarian and medical aid, and spurring an economic crisis," per a DHS statement.
  • "Such conditions prevent Burmese nationals and habitual residents from returning safely."

How it works: The decision covers roughly 1,600 Burmese people who are already in the U.S. — and those without nationality who last habitually resided in Burma — and renders them eligible for TPS for the next 18 months.

  • Individuals who can demonstrate "continuous residence" in the U.S. as of March 11 are eligible under the designation.
  • Of note: The Department of Homeland Security emphasized that "individuals should not believe smugglers or others claiming the border is now open."

The big picture: The Biden administration is ratcheting up pressure on military coup leaders in Myanmar. The U.S. has condemned the violence and enforced a number of sanctions.

  • Since the military overthrew the democratically elected government on Feb. 1, people have demonstrated across Myanmar nearly every day.
  • A United Nations human rights investigator said that security forces killed at least 70 people as of Thursday.

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Driving the news: Founder and CEO Sam Bankman-Fried tells "Axios on HBO" to expect "more and more crypto flight from the states" if the U.S. doesn't soon create a regulatory regime for cryptocurrencies.

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After 12 years of fits and starts, industrialized nations on Monday put forward a detailed plan to provide at least $100 billion annually in climate aid to developing countries starting by 2023.

Why it matters: The plan, presented by representatives of Canada and Germany, is aimed at defusing one of the biggest sources of tension at COP26, which is the failure of industrialized nations to follow through on their financial commitments.

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Why it matters: Moderna said it will officially submit the results to the Food and Drug Administration for authorization in "the near term," meaning we could soon see two coronavirus vaccines available to protect approximately 28 million more kids in the U.S.

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