We are excited to report that DED has been extended for one year.
Though not a long-term solution, it keeps our Liberian community intact as , hopefully, more long-term solutions are developed. Just again shows the need for major immigration reforms. No community should have to live with this uncertainty and fear!
We were down to 3 days! DED must be extended or the Liberian community living in Minnesota and across the country would lose their protected status.
Please read this Star Tribune Editorial which begins:
“An estimated 30,000 Liberian immigrants and first-generation residents live, work and go to school in Minnesota. Some have been here legally for two to three decades and have raised families, bought homes, started businesses and paid taxes here for years.
Yet thousands of them could become illegal immigrants subject to deportation if federal action isn’t taken this week. That would be an unjust, inhumane way to treat a community that has contributed so much to the state’s economy and society.”
Deferred Enforcement Departure, or DED, is a form of prosecutorial discretion exercised by the President for foreign nationals who cannot be safely returned to their home country. Currently, Liberia is the only country that holds DED with upwards of 4,000 Liberian nationals protected. Unfortunately, the President announced the termination of DED for Liberia. This termination means that Liberian DED holders will lose their employment authorization and protection from deportation on March 31, 2019.
For Liberian DED holders and family, please visit: https://bit.ly/DEDActionAlert for: know your rights information, how to access legal representation, and how to prepare for the possible end of DED.
Thanks to undocublack.org for providing this information
What is DED?
Deferred Enforcement Departure or DED is a discretionary decision made by the President to
protect a class of individuals within the United States. Many Liberians have been between TPS or
other DED status and so have been present and protected and had work authorization here in the
U.S. since 1991. The latest iteration of DED has been extended for over the last decade by
Presidents Bush and Obama.
Impact of DED expiration on Liberian immigrants
On March 27, 2018, President Trump announced the termination of DED for Liberians effective
March 31,2019. Liberians with DED had previously been on TPS waiting in limbo for a longer
permanent solution. It is at the discretion of the President and/or the power of Congress to reinstate
DED or create a pathway to residency for Liberians. Without this intervention, individuals who do not
qualify for another type of immigration status will lose their DED and work authorization.
Many Liberian Americans have gone to school, have developed careers and have families in the United
States. They risk losing all this; and either being deported to a country they have not been in decades, or
living as undocumented Americans.
Impact of Liberian DED expiration on the United States
● Our country is strongest and safest when families are kept together
● These immigrants are contributors to the economy and culture of cities and towns
across the US, many of them having lived here over twenty-five years. They work in the
healthcare industry, own homes, have children in our schools, patronize our
restaurants and create art and music that enriches Minnesota.
● Liberian immigrants contribute to a cross-sector of American industries including
education and healthcare
Liberia Today and why Liberians on DED need reprieve
● Recovering and rebuilding from the several Liberian civil wars- the country is still
developing basic infrastructure like healthcare, banking, housing, education, security
and food systems.
● The 2014 Ebola crisis which claimed the lives of over 11,000 people, has had a
devastating long term impact on the fragile healthcare system. Studies are showing
that some of the indirect repercussions include: loss of access to basic healthcare
needs like Malaria and prenatal care for women.
● High unemployment rates, as well as electricity outages and food and water shortages,
make the conditions for American Liberians difficult to adjust.
Redesignating DED and creating a path to citizenship for Liberian nationals who have
lived in this country for decades is the ethical thing to do. Immediately, we need the
White House to reinstate DED for Liberians. We encourage the co-sponsoring of H.R. 6 -Dream and Promise Act of 2019
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