‘DED Important to U.S. Liberia Relations’

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U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer with Liberian Diaspora Leaders

U.S. House Majority Leader & Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Urge White House to Extend March 31 Deadline for DED

Washington DC – Leading members of the United States Congress led by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD), and U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Eliot Engel have issued an urgent call to President Donald Trump to take immediate action to extend the status of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for thousands of Liberians in the U.S.

DED is set to expire by midnight on March 31, 2019 leaving thousands of Liberians subject to removal unless executive action is taken by President Trump to extend the designation.

In a joint letter dispatched to the White House over the weekend, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (NY) highlighted the importance of DED to U.S. Liberia foreign policy, and strategic national interests. The Congressional leaders issued the call after high level discussion with leaders of the Liberian Community Association (LCA) and ULAA officials in Washington DC.

Other signatories include House Foreign Affairs Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights Subcommittee Chairwoman Karen Bass (CA-37), Senate Foreign Relations Committee Member Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07), Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02), Rep. John Sarbanes (MD-03), Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD-08), Rep. Anthony Brown (MD-04), and House Foreign Affairs Committee Member Rep. David Trone (MD-06).

They called upon President Trump to take action immediately to prevent several thousand Liberians in the U.S. with DED status from being deported from the U.S. They noted, “These refugees, who came here in recent years fleeing civil war and disease outbreak, are facing a March 31 deadline to have their DED status extended.” The letter argued that, “forcing these individuals to leave the country would be devastating to communities where they have contributed to local economies and become integrated into civic life.”

The current deadline comes as a result of the U.S. President’s decision last year to terminate their DED status with a twelve-month wind-down period.  The Congressional Leaders  further asserted:  “Given the dangers of deadly disease outbreak and violence in Liberia and its neighboring countries, it would be irresponsible to force these individuals and their families to return at this time,”. They also highlighted the many positive contributions made by Liberians currently under DED protection to their local communities, and the U.S. economy.

The letter concluded: “We believe that it is in the strategic national security, foreign policy, and humanitarian interest of the United States for this population to remain here at this time.”

9 COMMENTS

  1. “Given the dangers of deadly disease outbreak and violence in Liberia and its neighboring countries…”, mind you, folks, isn’t an exaggeration for the benefit of President Trump, rather a frank and frightening portrayal of the fragility of our country by members of US congressional committees with access to current information from the CIA, NSA, DIA, USIS, and CDC therefore know exactly what they’re talking about.

    That grim observation echoes the joint statement of UN, AU, and ECOWAS offices in Monrovia which, aware of the peril confronting Liberia from multiple fronts – economic, security, health and so on – angrily condemned “media messages that threaten peace and stability”. But despite their loud condemnation, the behaviors continue and perpetrators try to silence with rudeness anyone who reminds them of such reckless disregard for the safety of others.

    Stop keeping silent while seeds of chaos are sown by agents provocateurs and loudmouth anarchists, Liberia is your country and home too, folks.

    • are you coherent? so sound like a babbling mental patient being handcuffed to protect others. Liberia is very safe. the influx of Liberian dollars from these DED citizens is a much needed boost for the economy. Liberia is safer than the time when you headed the NSA and thousands were tortured and killed by your lord and master sergeant Samuel K. Doe. REMEMBER WHEN YOU WERE THE TOP DOG AT NSA? all the power and the glory? that was an unsafe Liberia where opening your mouth could lead to death at your hands.Now you want to talk about safety???? it is too late. you should make reparations to the widows that were left

  2. What outbreak? Granted that the country is fragile but what new and alarming outbreaks do you speak? Perhaps the US based Liberians who have overstayed can go home and pick up where they left off. There are many opportunities for them in Liberia. SGM, you’re very verbose but rambling. There’s no CIA, NSA,USIS or CDC conflicts in Liberia.

  3. It isn’t surprising alias Camai Madden didn’t realize that first quote came from the joint letter dispatched to President Trump by the US Congressional Committees, and the inclusion of Federal agencies as sources for their grim picture of Liberia, an inductive leap. As for describing me as “very verbose but rambling”, whatever that means, speaks to a ludicrous partisan habit of rushing to judgment before understanding a comment or passage.

    I’m a patient man, Anonymous, let me know your excuse for this no-no in both logical thinking and textual criticism.

  4. THE DED PEOPLE MUST GO HOME. there are no wars in Liberia. Liberia is a safe country. America has been good to them so let them go home and serve their country. They have been in USA long enough to save enough money.. All this time they were enjoying and drinking beer on the weekend going to party in brooklyn park and staten island. THE PARTY IS OVER GO HOME

  5. The other braindead Hate Speech addict John Weah has joined the chorus without understanding the thrust of my comment. He is one of our so-called elites sitting in the US and inciting demonstrations at home. And never mind that even France two days ago was compelled to call in its army to patrol certain cities as Yellow Vests’ protesters intensified their economically-destructive street protests for successive nineteen Saturdays.

    Lest I forget, whether President Trump deports or doesn’t deport anyone isn’t my beef!

    What concerns me and should every engaged Liberian are the indicators of potential instability implied in the letter of US legislators and our responsibility as a nation to change that perception. For heaven’s sake, how do we attract investors into a country painted as unsafe and unstable by influential people in the richest and most powerful country on Planet Earth? That such characterization won’t help a sluggish economy appears to be complex for crazies like John Weah to comprehend.

  6. I think Liberians in the US need to receive President Trump’s decision with regards to the DED and TPS in good faith and come back home to help in the nation building process. Because even if those documents are extend for few more years, they’ll still come back home. So it’s about time they stop the poor excuses and come back. There folks here who are better off than they, so they shouldn’t make those bigshows that nothing better is here for them.

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