By Yeamah (yeamyah)
What began 20 years ago is due to end once and for all on March 31st, 2009. Liberian refugees who came to the United States with the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) were supposed to be deported 18 months ago. President Bush “gracefully” approved of the Deferred Enforced Departure 18 months ago, which will officially expire in 18 days: March 31st, 2009. Before leaving office, Bush did not sign on to another 18 months extension, nor did legislation that would allow Liberians on TPS/DED to become Permanent Residents pass during the last session.
So, with 18 days left, President Obama’s signature allowing for another extension of DED is the only hope for approximately 4,000 (a conservative estimate) Liberians with this status, and frankly, the entire Liberian-American community!
LiWIM IS TAKING ACTION!
The members, staff, Board, and supporters of the Liberian Women’s Initiative of MN will be putting on a Liberian DED Awareness Event (tomorrow) Sunday, March 15th, 2009! There will be testimonies from affected individuals, updates and information from lawyers and advocates, and an opportunity for everyone who is attending to email or fax a letter to the White House. Please attend this urgent event tomorrow:
What: Liberian DED Awareness Event hosted by the Liberian Women’s Initiative-MN (LiWIM).
When: SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2009 at 5:00 P.m. at the BROOKDALE COVENANT CHURCH, 5139 Brooklyn Blvd. Brooklyn Center, MN 55429.
Who: All concerned and caring individuals!
Why: As a women-led organization, LiWIM has decided to focus on women and children who are affected by this unfortunate situation. We hope to appeal to anyone who will listens to join us in a plea to President Obama and lawmakers to URGENTLY extend the Deferred Enforced Departure (DED), and eventually grant permanent residency status for those affected.
For more info about the event, please contact: (612) 388-2423, or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you can’t attend, but want to learn more, The Advocates for Human Rights Immigration Resources website is the best place check! Just click here.
See you there tomorrow!