Deferred Enforced Departure


What is Deferred Enforced Departure (DED)?

Deferred Enforcement Departure or DED is a discretionary decision made by the President to protect a class of individuals within the United States. many Liberians have been between TPS or other DED status and so have been present and protected and had work authorization here in the U.S. since 1991. The latest iteration of DED has been extended for over the last decade by Presidents Bush and Obama.

The Situation:

  • On March 27, 2018, President Trump announced the termination of DED for Liberians effective March 31, 2019. Liberians with DED had previously been on TPS waiting in limbo for a longer permanent solution. It is at the discretion of the President and/or the power of Congress to reinstate DED or create a pathway to residency for Liberians. Without this intervention, individuals will lose their DED status and work authorization.

  • Liberia today is still mending over a history of unrest, caused by a combination of civil war, the 2014 Ebola crisis, and social instability. High unemployment rates, as well as electricity outages and food and water shortages, make the conditions for American Liberians difficult to adjust.

Current Legislative Fixes:

  • H.R. 6 - Dream and Promise Act of 2019,  led by Reps. Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Velazquez (D-NY), and Clarke (D-NY) in the House of Representatives. The act would provide a permanent solution for Dream Act-eligible population, TPS, and DED holders.

The Asks:

  • Redesignate DED and create a path to citizenship for Liberian nationals who have lived in this country for decades. It is the ethical thing to do.

  • Ensure those with DED receive the same protections as TPS holders. The program benefits 4,000 Liberians who previously had TPS, and is set to expire on March 31, 2019.

    • There is *no overlap* between Liberians with DED and those with TPS: Liberian TPS was enacted in 2014, while DED beneficiaries have been in the US since at least 2002.

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