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Liberians in the US worry over Deferred Enforce Departure extension period

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Some Liberian protesters in the USA
Some Liberian protesters in the USA

USA-Liberians residing in the United States of America say they have a growing congressional support to push for permanent resident status.

The Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) Status, which ends on March 31 this year, has been extended by one year by US President, Donald Trump.

According to the Executive Director at African Immigrant Services, Abdullah Kiatamba, they have got 45 signatures after a week of lobby in Washington DC to convince President Trump to extent the Deferred Enforced Departure.

He said, now that they have got the US President to give them a year to orderly transition, they will intensify their campaign with even better strategies to stay.

Kiatamba said he is cognizant of the fact that President Trump ran an anti-immigrant campaign and even with the extension, some Liberians might not be granted permits to work, given the terms of the extension.

The US Government’s extensions give time for orderly transition for re-integration for returning Liberians and allowed DED beneficiaries not eligible for other forms of immigration relief to make necessary arrangements for departure.


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