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Trump ends protected immigrant status for thousands of Liberians

Haley Doss Trump ends protected immigrant status for thousands of Liberians
Patty Aguilar | 29 March, 2018, 03:00

Trump has instituted a 12-month "wind-down" period, which the president states would allow the Liberian government time to reintegrate Liberians who have been living in the United States. The program, which began under President Clinton, and was extended during the Bush and Obama administrations, allows people from the country to live and work legally in the U.S. It's similar to another program called "Temporary Protected Status", which the Trump administration also has worked to scale back.

The protections for all Liberian beneficiaries will now end March 31, 2019.

"Liberia is no longer experiencing armed conflict and has made significant progress in restoring stability and democratic governance", he argued.

Abena Abraham of the Minnesota Black Immigrant Collective said conditions in Liberia today are hardly hospitable.

Like many in Minnesota's Liberian community, she won't face deportation; her parents were USA citizens, and that allowed her to eventually become a citizen as well.

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"I think it is good news".

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"It would be unfair to force us to return to Liberia without anything, and start all over again at this age", she said.

"This decision will rip families apart".

To critics, the decision threatens to uproot thousands of law-abiding Liberian immigrants who have been in the US for a generation.

Atkinson also said the decision must be viewed in the context of Trump referring to African nations as "shithole countries". "It means we'll lose employees, innovators, and community leaders that make Minnesota - and our country - a better place", Smith said.

"These are hard-working people who came to the US legally, have remained here legally, and play a major role in Minnesota's economy, in particular helping to staff our hospitals and nursing homes", Klobuchar said. They are facing a July deadline before their status expires. "I won't give up this fight". 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.

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