Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA) Writes President Sirleaf

Tuesday, 9th October 2007

Monrovia, Liberia - The Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA) has welcomed the recent intervention by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to avert the deportation of thousands of Liberians residing in the United States under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

The Union, in a recent letter to the Liberian President, said her intervention to avert the looming deportation of thousands of Liberians in the Diaspora will remain one of the hallmarks of her distinguished leadership. “It is indeed owing to the level of cordiality of our relationship, your personal integrity and the goodwill of the American people that our people are once again accorded the opportunity to remain in the United States,” the Union noted its letter to the Liberian leader.

“Truly, we are proud of you as a President and a celebrated champion of the cause of your people,” an Executive Mansion release quoting the ULAA letter said.

The letter signed by ULAA’s national President Emmanuel Wettee and its National Secretary-General  Isaac Zawolo, said Liberians at home and in the Diaspora celebrate the designation of the Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED) with unsurpassed respect for the President and her Government.

The Union also welcomed the improvement in the relationship between the Government of Liberia and ULAA since President Johnson Sirleaf’s ascendancy to the presidency.

The improvement in relationship, the Union emphasized, is already reaping amazing dividends. ULAA recalled the Joint Independence Day Celebration in Washington, D.C. involving the Union and the Liberian Embassy as a manifestation of the growing level of cooperation between government and the Union.  ULAA then expressed the hope that cordial ties are maintained as both sides work for the betterment of the conditions of all Liberians.

In August, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wrote President Bush, requesting his assistance in granting Liberians living in the United States the Deferred Enforced Departure status, as their Temporary Protected Status was set to expire on October 1 of this year.   U.S. President George Bush recently granted Liberians living in the United States an extension of stay in the United States under the Deferred Enforcement Departure policy of the U.S. Government.

Read full text of ULAA's letter.