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Prez. Obama extends DED for Liberians in US

By Patrick Flomo
US President Barrack Obama
US President Barrack Obama

(mylbsonline/Liberia)-The United States President, Barack Obama, has extended by another 18 months, the status of Liberians on the Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED) in America.

President Obama ordered the extension to those Liberians presently residing in the United States under the existing DED grant.

According to a dispatch from the Liberian Embassy in Washington D. C., President Obama’s order was contained in a memorandum to the US Secretary of Homeland Security.

The dispatch quotes the US President in the memorandum as citing compelling foreign policy reasons for again extending the DED.

The extension of the DED also means an authorization for employment opportunity for qualified Liberians under the status, beginning 31st. March, 2013, the Presidential memorandum noted..

Since 1991, the United States Government has continued providing safe haven for Liberians, forced to flee their country as a result of the foregone armed conflict.

As the Liberian civil war ended in 2003, and conditions improved in the country, gave rise to ending the Temporary Protective Status (TPS) effective October 1, 2007.

Based on the continued worsening security situation in Liberia at the time, former US President, George Bush, deferred the enforced departure of Liberians originally granted the TPS.


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