Obama Extends Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians
On March 15, President Obama issued an order extending Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status for Liberians living in the United States from the imminent expiration date of March 31, 2013 to September 30, 2014. This extension allows those who escaped decades of civil war in their home country and have not obtained permanent residency in the US to continue living and working here legally. If not for the President's order, up to several thousand Liberians would have faced the threat of deportation.
This order was the result of the concerted efforts of many groups and individuals, including: Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island; HIAS Pennsylvania; Jewish Community Action (Minnesota); Advocates for Human Rights (Minnesota); the Washington, DC office of HIAS, Inc.; and the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas and its affiliates.
This was the third consecutive time since 2009 that HIAS Pennsylvania was instrumental in the successful national advocacy effort to temporarily extend Liberian DED.
Read the official announcement and Senator Reed's reaction below.