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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Rep. Bass Statement on Expansion of Temporary Protections for Thousands of Liberians

March 28, 2019
Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa and Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, issued the following statement after the White House announced the extension of temporary protections for some 4,000 Liberians who have lived in the United States after being displaced by war and disease.

“Yatta Kiazolu is a constituent who has never lived in or visited Liberia but was facing possible deportation there until today. Today’s extension of temporary protections for an estimated 4,000 Liberians living in the United States, many of whom who now know Los Angeles as their home, is relieving but insufficient. I look forward to working with my colleagues on a permanent solution and a path to citizenship for people like Yatta, who moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of obtaining a Ph.D. at UCLA. It would not be simply cruel to deport someone from the only home they’ve known to a land they’ve never been to; it would be unjust.”

The extension comes one week after Rep. Bass joined House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY) in sending a letter to President Trump asking that he take action immediately to prevent several thousand Liberians with Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED) status from being deported from the country. 

The week before, Rep. Bass joined her colleagues in introducing the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, which would allow Dreamers and individuals with Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure status to contribute fully in the United States by providing a pathway to citizenship.