Liberian citizens residing in the U.S. gathered on Friday before the Liberian embassy in Washington D.C. to present a petition to the ambassador accredited to the U.S., George Pattern. The gathering was held simultaneously as the mass protest in Monrovia.
Cornell University’s Institute for African Development will host and cover the costs for this year’s annual conference of the Liberian Studies Association.
According to a press release issued by the organization, the event took place on Saturday, March 23 in New York City. It brought together nearly 500 guests, highlighting the African diaspora’s power to raise funds and awareness for clean water initiatives.
Liberians in the U.S. covered by the Deferred Enforced Departure immigration status are once again relieved after U.S. President Donald Trump announced a surprise extension of their legal immigration status by one year.
Minnesota’s attorney general, Keith Ellison, has co-led a coalition of attorneys general from nine states and the District of Columbia in supporting Liberians who have filed suit to block President Donald Trump’s termination of their Deferred Enforcement Departure status.
Ahead of next week’s expiration of the Deferred Enforced Departure status for over 4,000 Liberians, 11 members of the U.S. Congress have written President Donald Trump asking him to take an immediate action to prevent the Liberians from being deported.
DED beneficiaries, according to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, are Liberians or stateless individuals who last resided in Liberia that have lived in the U.S. since 2002. Some held another immigration status called Temporary Protective Status up to September 30, 2007 and were subsequently covered by DED. More than 4,000 individuals are covered under the program.
Liberians in the U.S. state of Minnesota will hold a rally today, to call for a two-year extension of the Temporary Protective Status and a pathway to citizenship. Minnesota is the home to the largest community of Liberians in the U.S., hundreds who whom might be affected by the expiration of the DED, MINNPOST reported.