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Prez. Trump sets March 31 for DED for Liberians to expire

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Some Liberian residents in the Americas demonstrating in appeal to the US Government
Some Liberian residents in the Americas demonstrating in appeal to the US Government

WASHINGTON - US President, Donald Trump has announced March 31 as the date for the Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberians to expire.

 The Deferred Enforcement Departure status is a program under which Liberians are protected to live, work and raise children in the United States.

It was first implemented in 1999 shortly after Liberia's civil war, and was extended every year by former Presidents Bill Clinton, George Bush and Barrack Obama. According to White House Statement, President Trump said there will be no extension of legal protection for those affected by the expiration of the program.

This means recipients of the special legal status who have been in the U.S since 2002 will have a year before being forced to leave.

The White House's statement issued Wednesday, March 28, 2019 says that Liberia "has made significant progress in restoring stability and democratic governance" and has also made progress in preventing Ebola outbreaks.

At the same time, the Department of Homeland Security has announced the end of Temporary Protective Status for those from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan.

 


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