Friday, August 24, 2007

Liberians in America to be expelled?

US National Public Radio had a pair of stories recently on Liberia. First, it reported that thousands of Liberians resident in the United States might be forced to return to the West African state next month. They came to the U.S. under a special immigration category known as Temporary Protected Status. TPS was first granted in 1991, as Liberia descended into a decade of brutal conflict. But with stability returning to the country, the status may be eliminated. Yet, Liberian government officials say they can't handle the return of such a large influx of returnees.

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At 9:32 PM, Blogger Don Thieme said...

I heard the same story. It seems like the United States would find it in our best interest to do what is best for Liberia and Liberians. All too often, however, our immigration policy is overly legalistic and characterized by sharp turns back and forth which catch people unaware.

 
At 8:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder, did the Hmong from Vietnam come under a similar legal definition? If so, they certainly were not expelled, and their residence here has done good things for them and for the United States.

 
At 2:02 AM, Anonymous Mark said...

Zimbabwe refugees denied refugee status by UN...
http://www.mg.co.za/articlePage.aspx?articleid=317482&area=/breaking_news/breaking_news__national/

 

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