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President Trump, citing American foreign policy interests, gives Liberians a 12-month breather in “wind-down” of DED


Tuesday, March 27, 2018
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President Trump today gave Liberians under the Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) some breathing room through March 31, 2019. Their DED status that president Obama extended for 18 months as he was about to leave office in 2016 was set to expire on March 31, 2018. Liberians nationally and locally under the direction of groups such as African Immigrant Services (AIS) and Acer have mobilized and have lobbied their legislators and the White House to extend DED.

The DED breather comes less than 24 hours after Liberians in Minnesota held a rally at the State Capitol in support of a DED extension that hundreds attended.

In a Presidential Memoranda to the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security, Trump said that the situation in Liberia does not warrant an extension of DED but that “the foreign policy interests of the United States warrant affording an orderly transition (“wind-down”) period to Liberian DED beneficiaries.”

The presidential memo went on to say that, the 12-month period will give the government of Liberia time to reintegrate those returning from the United States and “to allow DED beneficiaries who are not eligible for other forms of immigration relief to make necessary arrangements and to depart the United States.”

According to the presidential memo, the 12-month wind-down period shall apply to any current Liberian DED beneficiary as well as any employment authorization.

Come March 31, 2019, Liberians under DED will be in the same situation and will face a risk of deportation unless they have received another form of immigration relief. For now however, they can breathe a sigh of relief.

 

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About Tom Gitaa

Tom is the President and Publisher of Mshale. As the founder, he did a lot of the reporting during the humble beginnings of the newspaper. While he still does the occasional reporting, he now concentrates on the publishing side of the news operation.Tom was also the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the Dishnetwork satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states such as the president ofВ  The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul. Tom has previously served in the board of directors of the Minnesota International Center (MIC), the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has also previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa. He sits on the board of the United Nations Association.

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