Good news: Liberian DED Reinstated for One Year!

A rare announcement of good news — Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED) status has been extended for Liberians in the U.S. until March 31, 2020. DED was set to expire this coming Sunday, and we had joined other advocates and the Liberian community in issuing an alert and call to urge congressional leaders to tell  the White House to reinstate DED. Congratulations to the all the groups and community members who worked to make this happen!

The White House issued a memo today explaining the U.S. “foreign policy interest” in the extension, and also pointing to Congress to consider relief for “the small population on Liberian DED beneficiaries” in the U.S.

lawsuit had been recently filed on behalf of Liberians DED holders that claimed that the government’s decision to end DED was “part of an overarching immigration agenda by the Trump Administration to forcibly remove non-white, non-European immigrant families from the United States.”

For all the relief this announcement brings for the Liberian community, we know that it is temporary and that there’s more work ahead to provide relief and security for so many immigrants facing loss of status. Permanent solutions are needed — as proposed in legislation recently introduced in both the House and the Senate. NNIRR has joined organizations across the country in support of HR 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, in the House; the legislation addresses the need to provide a roadmap to citizenship for DACA, TPS and DED beneficiaries. Stay posted for further action to push these proposals through!

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