President Donald Trump extended the temporary protected status (TPS) for U.S. residents from Liberia, allowing them to stay in the United States legally.
The status is traditionally given to people fleeing from wars or natural disasters.
According to The Hill, Trump determined that the situation in western Africa remained dangerous enough that people who have fled Liberia to the U.S. can remain in the country till March 31, 2020.
“Upon further reflection and review, I have decided that it is in the foreign policy interest of the United States to extend the wind-down period for an additional 12 months, through March 30, 2020,” Trump said in a memo to the secretary of State and the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
Former President Clinton in 1999 allowed Liberians to live and work in the U.S. The program was established shortly after the Liberian civil war.
Previously, the White House argued that TPS was only meant to be temporary, and
However, in the last month, TPS has been extended for immigrants from South Sudan, Sudan, El Salvador, Haiti and Nicaragua, amid strong opposition from immigrant rights groups to ending it.