On Thursday, 28 March, the president of the United States – Donald Trump, extended a humanitarian program that will see Liberians reside and work in the country.
President Trump is famous for his hard stance against immigration, not just illegal immigration. Within the last six months, the US has seen the longest partial government shutdown in its history due to Mr. Trump’s insistence on getting funding for the US-Mexico border wall. He also declared a national emergency as a result. Many asylum seekers are stranded at the US-Mexico border as the number of asylum case treated per day has been significantly limited by his administration. There have also been numerous family separations. All of these have sparked debates not just in the US but across the world; questions are being asked of America’s immigration policies under the current administration. US employers on Wednesday declared Canada’s immigration policies much better.
But in contrary to the usual aggression against immigration, the White House revealed the signing of the extension of a program that sees Liberians seek better lives away from environmental disasters and war for one year by the president.
Trump changed his mind; we hope for more
In 2018, Mr. Trump decided to put an end to the Deferred Enforced Departure program which has been operational since 2007, stating there was no longer need for the program as things are better in Liberia. Therefore, thousands of Liberians were in line for status expiration on Sunday.
To great relief, President Trump has seen a need for the program to continue for another 12 months. Democrats are still seeking a permanent solution via congress.
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