President George Manneh Weah has expressed heartfelt appreciation to President Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America, the Government and people of the United States for the opportunity granted Liberians on the Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) to stay in the U.S. for another year, an Executive Mansion has said.
According to the release, President Weah also commended the United States Embassy in Monrovia, headed by Ambassador Christine Elder for the role played in making the process a success.
President Weah said the decision to allow Liberians on DED live in the U.S. until March 2019, has brought a great deal of relief, not only to those on the list as direct beneficiaries, but their families and friends back home; it serves as a testament of the longstanding partnership between Liberia and the United States.
Weah expressed hope that the concerned Liberians will utilize the extension of the DED to contribute to the American Society in the most positive way and continue to be law-abiding residents.
He said the gesture clearly speaks to the U.S. government’s unwavering commitment to upholding the bond of friendship and cooperation between the two nations.
It can be recalled that President Trump recently directed the Departments of State and Homeland Security to bring an end to a humanitarian program that has allowed some Liberian nationals to have temporary residence in the United States.
The grant of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberians who would otherwise be returned from the U.S. was last extended by President Barrack Obama.
However, it was due to expire on March 31, this year, but President Trump has ordered that the deadline be extended for one more year as part of a “wind-down” effort before the DED is officially terminated for Liberian nationals.