Trump to end special legal status for Liberian immigrants

Trump to end special legal status for Liberian immigrants

Trump to end special legal status for Liberian immigrants

That status was approved several times by former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama as the country grappled with a civil war, ongoing armed conflicts, and an outbreak of the Ebola virus.

"Through consultation with appropriate executive departments and agencies and my advisors, I have been informed that conditions in Liberia have improved", Trump said in a memorandum Tuesday. On Tuesday, Trump confirmed their worst fears.

To provide an "orderly transition" and give Liberia's government time to "reintegrate" citizens who have to return, beneficiaries will be given a 12-month window during which they're still allowed to live in the USA and work.

"Liberia is no longer experiencing armed conflict and has made significant progress in restoring stability and democratic governance", according to a memorandum signed by Trump and released by the White House.

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In 1991, when the West African country was in the grip of civil war, some Liberians living in the United States were given "temporary protected status" to allow them to remain in safety.

Following a visit by Norwegian prime minister, Erna Solberg, the president allegedly told senators in a private meeting that the USA should accept more people from Norway instead of "shithole countries" in Latin America and Africa.

"The United States remains in close contact with our allies South Korea and Japan", press secretary Sarah Sanders said. "This is another racially motivated step to dismantle our humanitarian immigration program". As Reuters reported, the removal of the program impacts Liberians who have been living in the United States for decades under a special protection.

"It would be unfair to force us to return to Liberia without anything, and start all over again at this age", he said. A Department of Homeland Security spokesperson, speaking on background, said the decision will most immediately affect about 840 Liberians who have work permits under DED. They are facing a July deadline before their status expires. Trump's decision lets that renewal expire.

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