Donald Trump shelves deportation order of Liberians for another year

Donald Trump shelves deportation order of Liberians for another year. Photo : RR

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – United States President Donald Trump has said he will shelf the deportation order of Liberian for one year, ADV learns Friday.

Sources said quoted a presidential memorandum on Thursday as saying that Trump’s decision temporarily reverses one of the administration’s hard-line immigration stances.

An estimated 4,000 Liberians were concerned with the deportation order.

Last year Trump said that conditions in post-civil war Liberia had improved and that he would end a program called Deferred Enforced Departure with a “wind-down” period expiring March 31, 2019.

But now, he said, “upon further reflection and review,” he has decided “it is in the foreign policy interest of the United States” to give Liberians another year, or until March 30, 2020, to stay in the United States.

He added that the overall situation in West Africa “remains concerning.”

“The reintegration of DED beneficiaries into Liberian civil and political life will be a complex task, and an unsuccessful transition could strain United States-Liberian relations and undermine Liberia’s post-civil war strides toward democracy and political stability,” he said.

Liberian leaders in the U.S. and immigrant advocates praised the announcement and called on Congress for a permanent resolution.

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