Twelve Month Reprieve for Liberians
Liberians living in the United States under Deferred Enforced Departure status, get a twelve month reprieve. The U.S. State Department announced the decision today. It means they can stay until March 31, 2019 when DED protections will terminate. They were facing a deadline of this Saturday.
Liberian leaders traveled to Washington DC earlier this month and rallied at the Minnesota Capitol on Monday.
U.S. Congressman Erik Paulsen calls it a reprieve that will give Congress more time to work toward a permanent solution.
“While I’m encouraged that Liberian families no longer face an imminent threat of deportation, there’s still more work to do,” Paulsen said in a statement. “The additional year gives me and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle more time to work toward a permanent solution, and it gives us more time to raise awareness and educate others about what our Liberian community means to Minnesota,” he said.