The hopes of nearly 4,000 Liberians residing in the U.S. on Deferred Enforced Departure immigration status have been left in limbo after the judge of a district court in Massachusetts ruled to dismiss a lawsuit filed on behalf of the Liberian DED beneficiaries.
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.
For many Liberians in the U.S., it was a moment of joy in March, last year, when President Donald Trump announced that their Deferred Enforced Departure status was extended by an additional one year.
The ongoing partial U.S. government shutdown is likely to have limited impact on the operations of the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia and American-funded development projects in the country.