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Terminating Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians without a permanent legislative solution is chaotic and cruel

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Mar 27, 2018

SILVER SPRING, Maryland - Today’s announcement by the administration that it will terminate Deferred Enforced Departure, or DED, for Liberia sends thousands of people back to a country that is still recovering from civil war and the 2014 Ebola crisis.
 
“Most of these families have been in the United States for more than 25 years,” said CLINIC Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson. “They are deeply rooted in their communities, raising their children, contributing to our economy and stabilizing Liberia with the financial support they send back.”
 
DED is granted through the president’s foreign relations power. Much like Temporary Protected Status, DED protects recipients from deportation and allows them to apply for work permits.
 
Since 1991, Liberians have been granted either TPS or DED by both Republican and Democratic administrations. They all recognized the compelling foreign policy and humanitarian reasons not to return people to a devastated country. Liberia was struggling to rebuild basic infrastructure after a civil war when the 2014 Ebola crisis emerged, straining the health care system to the point of breaking. The epidemic killed 11,000 people in two years.
 
“Allowing Liberians to remain in the United States until their country can safely welcome them home is a matter of human decency,” Atkinson said. “The president’s crude comments about African nations are fresh in our memories. This is another racially motivated step to dismantle our humanitarian immigration program.”
 
More than 600 faith leaders and faith groups joined CLINIC in calling on the administration to extend DED for Liberia.
 
There is no sound foreign policy reason to return DED holders to Liberia now, as the country continues to rebuild. Atkinson added, “Terminating DED for Liberia without a permanent legislative solution in place is not an orderly transition. It is chaotic and needlessly cruel.”

CLINIC calls on President Trump to reconsider and extend DED until there is a permanent legislative solution in place to protect Liberians.

CLINIC in the News Date: 
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 5:30pm