Trump to End Special Status for Liberian Immigrants in America

According to a recent Reuters article, President Trump announced that he was ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS), as well as an older program, Deferred Enforced Departure (DED), for certain immigrants from Liberia, a country in Western Africa. TPS and DED create a special legal immigration status that allow immigrants from countries experiencing civil unrest, widespread violence, or natural disaster to remain in the U.S. because it is too dangerous from them to return to their native countries. Essentially, the only difference between DED and TPS is that the President has the authority to extend DED, whereas the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has the authority to extend TPS. TPS and DED have allowed many Liberian immigrants to live in the U.S. since 1991 as a result of civil wars and more since 2014’s Ebola virus outbreak. According to Trump, Liberia is no longer experiencing civil wars, has restored stability, has returned to democratic…

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