Monrovia – United States new President, Joe Biden has signed into law an Executive Order granting protection for thousands of Liberians whose status have expired under former President Donald Trump’s Defense Bill signed in December 2019. The Executive Order extends the Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) designated for Liberians in the U. S. until June 30, 2022, a relief for thousands of Liberians whose legal status expired in December 2020 under the law. It was among several Executive orders signed by President Biden on his first day in office, few hours following his and VP Kamala Harris’ ‘historic’ inauguration in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, according to CBS news. For over two decades, thousands of Liberian immigrants have lived with uncertainty in the United States after fleeing civil war in the 1990s and early 2000s. But advocates argued the excessive application fees blocked more Liberians from acquiring green cards until the term expired in December 2020, leaving thousands of Liberians’ fates in limbo.
Source: Front Page Africa January 21, 2021 07:59 UTC