U.S. President Barack Obama suspends Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians in the United States

Flash Back: Liberian leader, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and US President Barack Obama
Flash Back: Liberian leader, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and US President Barack Obama

The President of the United States, Barack Obama has with immediate effect issued a Memorandum to the Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Charles Johnson suspending the Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberia in the United States.

A dispatch from the United States embassy accredited near Monrovia quoting the office of the Press Secretary to the United States urged for the ‘Immediate Release’ of the Memorandum said stated below:

SUBJECT: Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians

Since 1991, the United States has provided safe haven for Liberians who were forced to flee their country as a result of armed conflict and widespread civil strife, in part through the grant of Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The armed conflict ended in 2003, and TPS ended effective October 1, 2007. President Bush then deferred the enforced departure of those Liberians originally granted TPS. I extended that grant of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) to September 30, 2016. I have determined that there are compelling foreign policy reasons to again extend DED to those Liberians presently residing in the United States under the existing grant of DED.

Pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct the foreign relations of the United States, I have determined that it is in the foreign policy interest of the United States to defer for 18 months the removal of any Liberian national, or person without nationality who last habitually resided in Liberia, who is present in the United States and who is under a grant of DED as of September 30, 2011. The grant of DED only applies to an individual who has continuously resided in the United States since October 1, 2002, except for Liberian nationals, or persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Liberia:

(1) who are ineligible for TPS for the reasons provided in section 244(c)(2)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. 1254a(c)(2)(B);

(2) whose removal you determine is in the interest of the United States;

(3) whose presence or activities in the United States the Secretary of State has reasonable grounds to believe would have potentially serious adverse foreign policy consequences for the United States;

(4) who have voluntarily returned to Liberia or their country of last habitual residence outside the United States;

(5) who were deported, excluded, or removed prior to the date of this memorandum; or

(6) who are subject to extradition.

Accordingly, I direct you to take the necessary steps to implement for eligible Liberians:

(1) a deferral of enforced departure from the United States for 18 months from October 1, 2016; and

(2) authorization for employment for 18 months from October 1, 2016”.

The Memorandum concluded.

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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.