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