Monday, March 16, 2009

The Clock Is Ticking For Liberians In The US

Advocates for Liberians who are in the U.S. on temporary protected status are hoping that President Barack Obama will grant them an extension to stay here. About 3,600 Liberians are in the U.S. on temporary protected status while civil war ravaged their homeland. The war has ended and a fledgling democracy is taking hold. Their status to stay in the U.S. expires on March 31.Kerper Dwanyen is president of the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota. He says many of the affected Liberians are primary providers for their families in both countries. Many have been in the United States as long as 15 years. Alexander Collins is one Liberian who lives in St. Paul. He says his life is here, and it's hard to consider what it would mean to go back to Africa.