Liberians in Minnesota to hold immigration rally in Saint Paul

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
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Liberians in Minnesota will hold a rally Friday (February 22) on the steps of Minnesota State Capitol to call for a two-year extension of Temporary Protected Status and a pathway to citizenship, Erasmus Williams, chair of the Liberian Immigration Coalition told Mshale. The rally starts at 1:00pm. Free buses will depart starting at 9:30am at Ebenezer Community Church located at 9200 West Broadway in Brooklyn Park.

In March 2018, president Trump issued a memo ending DED for Liberian citizens, which allowed those with temporary protected status (TPS) to remain in the U.S. after their TPS designation ended. Liberians in the United States have been instructed to leave the country by March 31, 2019 or seek alternative immigration status if they are eligible.

The situation facing Liberians was on the national spotlight last month during Trump’s State of the Union address when Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who was born in Somalia, had as her guest to the SOTU address Linda Clark. Clark, is a Liberian under DED, and is facing deportation should no further extensions or relief be extended by president Trump.

“Donald Trump should be ashamed of himself for deliberately targeting people like me,” Clark said at the time. “(I) hope the President will listen to my story.”

The Friday rally is organized by a coalition consisting of the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota, Masjid Al Ansar, African Immigrant Services and the Liberian Ministers Association.

More info on the rally can be found at this link.

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Tom is the President and Publisher of Mshale and chair of the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium (MMMC). As Mshale 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 Global Minnesota, 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 and. He sits on the board of the United Nations Association.