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Mar 28, 2019

WASHINGTON – President Donald J. Trump today announced a one-year extension of the Deferred Enforced Departure (“DED”) program for Liberians. This action reverses the Trump administration’s 2018 decision to end DED for Liberians on March 31, 2019 and follows a letter led by Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) and Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) asking the Trump administration to extend DED protections for Liberians.

Congressman Payne, Jr. issued the following statement:

“I welcome the Trump administration’s extension of Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians, a move that will bring stability to Liberians living in my district and across the country. Just over a year ago, Liberia completed its first ever democratic transfer of power. The nation is still working to maintain peace and improve its essential services. Allowing Liberians living in the United States lawfully under the DED program to remain here while Liberia improves its infrastructure and essential services is in the best interest of the United States. This policy change will ensure stability in Liberia and allow Liberians living in our communities here to continue contributing to America’s economic success.”