Defeat of Ebola means temporary legal status for thousands of West Africans will expire

By Tom Howell Jr. –

In a sign the U.S. considers Ebola to be vanquished, immigration officials are reminding thousands of West Africans to pack their bags and return home or risk deportation when their temporary legal status expires in one month.

The Department of Homeland Security granted more than 4,500 people from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea special permission to live and work in the states after a deadly Ebola outbreak ravaged their home countries from late 2013 to early 2016.

Health officials cleared those countries of transmission last summer, and the Obama administration in September said West Africans shielded by “temporary protective status” in the U.S. had eight months to get out.

Despite years of slippery deadlines under the program, Trump administration said it has no plans to budge from the May 21 cutoff, so those who have no other grounds to stay should book their flights.

“DHS urges individuals who do not have another immigration status to use the time before the termination becomes effective in May to prepare for and arrange their departure from the United States

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Source: News Now/ Washington Times Online

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.