Alianza Americas: Cancelling DED for Liberia Unnecessarily Adds More Work-Authorized, Tax-Paying Immigrants to an Unfortunate & Cruel List

PRESS STATEMENT

For Immediate Release

Alianza Americas: Cancelling DED for Liberia Unnecessarily Adds More Work-Authorized, Tax-Paying Immigrants to an Unfortunate & Cruel List

Sara McElmurry: 312-351-3890 or smcelmurry@alianzaamericas.org

CHICAGO—March 27, 2018—The Department of Homeland Security today announced its decision to end Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED) for Liberia, giving beneficiaries of this program, many whom have lived in the United States for more than 25 years, a 12-month grace period before the program officially ends. Alianza Americas’ executive director, Oscar Chacón, issued the following statement in response to the announcement:

 

“With today’s misguided decision, thousands of Liberians will join the growing list of long-term, work-authorized, tax-paying immigrants—now totaling more than one million people—whose future in this country is now uncertain. The cancellation of DACA, TPS, and now DED demonstrate that the administration is blindly following a nativist agenda when it comes to all matters related to immigration policy and the way we treat foreign nationals residing in the country. Sadly, xenophobia has been put ahead of the economic interests of this country, the security of our region, and our nation’s long-held values of family unity.

 

We remain resolute in our calls to Congress to amend our laws in way that allow long term resident to be able to apply for legal permanent residency status, and applaud the growing momentum in federal courts to seek justice for these immigrants and their families.”

 

Alianza Americas is a network of 50 immigrant-led organizations representing more than 100,000 families across the United States. It is the only US-based organization rooted in Latino and Caribbean immigrant communities that works transnationally to create an inclusive, equitable, and sustainable way of life. Learn more at alianzaamericas.org.

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