President Sirleaf Welcomes Bush's Decision on Deferred Enforcement Departure

Thursday, 13th September 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wholeheartedly welcomes the decision by United States President, George W. Bush to grant an extension for Liberians residing in the United States to remain in that country for additional 18-months, under the Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED) policy of the United States Government.

The decision, the President believes, is a further testimony of the strong historic ties which have subsisted between Liberia and the United States and further demonstrates the confidence President Bush, the government and people of the United States continue to repose in the Government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

The extension also underscores an acknowledgement by President Bush, the government and people of the United States, of the steady progress taking place in Liberia, and a realization that despite the progress, the government continues to face undaunted challenges in its drive toward revitalizing the economy for national development.

It is the Presidentís hope that as Liberians benefit from the extension, a more permanent solution can be found in addressing the status of Liberians in the United States and those desirous of returning home, while they continue to provide a significant source of support for families in building and contributing immensely to the countryís domestic economy, estimated at US 6-million dollars per month.

The President looks forward to welcoming home all Liberians where their industriousness can be absorbed and when the country is in a better position to provide for their livelihoods in Liberia.

Last month, the Liberian President wrote President Bush, requesting his assistance in granting Liberians living in the United States the Deferred Enforced Departure status, as their Temporary Protective Status (TPS) was set to expire on October 1, this year.