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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Liberian Refugees - Extension of DED and Immigration Fairness Act S 656

Thousands of Liberian refugees and their families have lived in the U.S. for many years. For some their legal status was secured under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) as early as 1991. Once this status expired they were granted Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) in September 2007. Since then DED for Liberians has been extended but is set to expire on September 30, 2011.

Senator Reed (D-RI) has sponsored S 656 - The Liberian Immigration Fairness Act a bill that would provide for the adjustment of status of certain nationals of Liberia to that of lawful permanent resident and end their 20 years of living in limited legality (Cecilia Menjivar (2006)).

Please consider contacting your senators and representatives via e-mail or phone to request that they sign on to the Dear Colleague letter from Senator Reed or Representative Kennedy's offices currently circulating all over Congress to request the extension of DED by President Obama.
To contact your senators - go to You can locate them by selecting your state in the top right hand corner search engine of the home page 1) Locate your senator by clicking on their name you will be taken to their home page where you can select to contact them and send an e-mail directly to them.
Please make your e-mails and/or phone calls very brief and precise.
"Hello, My name is . I am a constituent in and am kindly requesting that sign onto the Liberian Immigration Fairness Act S 656 introduced by Senator Reed on March 28th, 2011 for the reprieve of Liberians who have been on temporary status for over 2 decades. Thank you for your prompt response to this very urgent matter." Respectfully,

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