Senator Chris Eaton and Senator John Hoffman release a statement on the Trump Administration’s Deferred Enforcement Departure program for area Liberians

Saint Paul, MN – Thousands of Liberian immigrants who live in Minnesota under the government’s deferred enforcement program have one year to leave the country or face the threat of deportation. On March 27, the Trump administration announced the president would only be extending the longstanding Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) program for 12 months. As home to the largest Liberian populations in the state, Sen. Chris Eaton and Sen. John Hoffman released the following statements:

“I’m sorely disappointed in this decision,” Sen. Eaton said. “Our Liberian population is important to our communities. They’ve lived much of their lives here. They are our neighbors. They are our friends. They have jobs here. They’ve started businesses here, they’ve raised their families here – and they’ve lived here legally with the permission of the U.S. for many, many years.”

“I’m shocked and disappointed the Trump administration ended protected immigration status for our Liberian neighbors,” Sen. Hoffman said. “They have one year to pack up their lives and move to a country they haven’t had ties to for many years. The political and economic situation in Liberia is fragile and those who have put their roots down in Minnesota should be able to stay in Minnesota where they have contributed in making our state great.”

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Chris Eaton represents District 40, which includes the cities of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park in Hennepin County in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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John Hoffman represents District 36, which includes portions of Anoka and Hennepin County.

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