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Paulsen Statement on Administration's Liberian DED Decision

Eden Prairie, Minn. -- Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today issued the following statement after the Department of State announced Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) protections for Liberian beneficiaries would terminate on March 31st, 2019. DED protection was previously scheduled to come to an end on March 31st, 2018.

“This is a reprieve for thousands of Minnesota Liberians who faced the end of DED protection in just a few days,”said Congressman Paulsen. “While I’m encouraged that Liberian families no longer face an imminent threat of deportation, there’s still more work to do. The additional year gives me and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle more time to work toward a permanent solution, and it give us more time to raise awareness and educate others about what our Liberian community means to Minnesota.”

Paulsen has been an outspoken advocate for Minnesota’s Liberian DED beneficiaries. Earlier this month he joined members of the Minnesota congressional delegation to urge the President to extend DED protections for Liberians and he’s the lead Republican co-author of bipartisan legislation that extends permanent legal status to Liberian DED recipientws.