The Trump Administration’s deportation of Liberians who have been living in the United States through the grant of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) has been blocked by President Biden’s executive order on January 20, 2021. Since 1991 The United States has provided a safe haven for Liberians who were forced to flee their home country because of armed conflict and civil strife. Although the armed conflict ended in 2003 and TPS ended on October 1, 2007 the deportation of those Liberians originally granted TPS was deferred by prior administrations. The Biden Administration has declared that there are compelling foreign policy reasons to reinstate DED for an additional period for those Liberians presently residing in the United States who were under a grant of DED as of January 10, 2021. This will allow those eligible to apply for Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF) status. LRIF allows many Liberians who have been continuously present in the United States since November 20, 2014, as well as their spouses and children, eligible for adjustment of status to that of United States Legal Permanent Resident (LPR).
The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security sent a memorandum to the leaders of the federal government’s three primary immigration agencies on January 20, 2021 – Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs…
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