Vacate US Within A Year Or Face Deportation – President Trump To Liberian Immigrants
President of the United State of America, Donald Trump has given a year ultimatum to Liberian immigrants to vacate the country or be deported.
Trump’s resolution followed his intention to bring an end to a program that has allowed no fewer than 3,600 Liberians to stay in the U.S. for over two decades.
The US government has therefore ordered the immigrants to leave the country within one year from now or face deportation.
This comes as the president and his allies seek to quietly but steadily change immigration in America by reversing previous presidents’ executive actions, ABC News reports.
An immigrant advocacy group called Trump’s move “harsh, cruel, and disgusting.”
The program, called Deferred Enforced Departure (DED,) is for Liberians who in the past were granted what’s called Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, after the civil war in Liberia.
In 2007, President George W. Bush ended TPS for Liberia but allowed recipients already in the U.S. to apply for DED instead.
Similarly, the immediate past US President Barack Obama-led administration supported this program as he renewed the action throughout his two terms.
The latest renewal was set to expire on Saturday, March 31.
On Tuesday, March 27, Trump gave formal notification that he is ending the program while he gave recipients one year to leave the U.S. or possibly face deportation.
In reaction to the development, critics said the decision threatens to uproot thousands of law-abiding Liberian immigrants who have been in the U.S. for a generation.
“This is home for me, and the thought of leaving my daughter is emotional. I’m pleading with the President and Congress to extend DED,” one recipient, Nancy Harris of Alabama — who’s been in the U.S. for 18 years with her husband, a pastor — told reporters Monday.
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