United States President Barack Obama
Obama Extends Deferred Enforced Departure Of Liberians
MONROVIA, September 29 (LINA) – United States President Barack Obama has extended by 18 months the Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberians who were originally granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to reside in the United States, beginning October 1, 2002.
The program ends September 30 this year.
According to a United States Embassy release issued Thursday, President Obama, in a communication to the Secretary of Homeland Security, indicated that he has realized that there are compelling foreign policy reasons to again extend the DED of Liberians presently residing in the U.S. on TPS.
“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 presently in the United States and who is under a grant of DED as of September 30, 2011,” Obama said.
The release explained that “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.”
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.
However, President George Bush later deferred the enforced departure of those Liberians originally granted TPS and was later extended by President Obama to September 30, 2016.
President Obama, according to the release, has directed the Homeland Security Office to take the necessary steps to implement for eligible Liberians, a deferral of enforced departure from the United States and authorization for employment for 18 months from October 1, 2016.