A Liberian immigrant who faces possible deportation due to a decision by the president, Donald Trump, will attend on Tuesday the State of the Union speech that the president will offer before Congress.
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar announced today that Liberian Linda Clark, 48, who has been living in Minnesota since 2000, will be the guest of Trump’s annual address to Congress. “Linda is exactly the kind of American success story we must celebrate: someone who came to this country in search of a better life, abiding by the rules, and who built a life for herself,” Omar said in a statement. Somali immigrant.
The Trump Administration last March withdrew the Deferred Forced Release Protection (DED) to some 200,000 Liberian nationals and gave them a year to leave the country or regularize their immigration status. In 1991 former Democratic President Bill Clinton granted the Liberians a Temporary Protected Status (TPS) due to the civil war that their country was living (1989-1997) and again in 1999, when there was a re-emergence of the conflict in that western country. of Africa, and on October 1, 2007, former President George W. Bush converted it into DED, protection that had been extended until now.
In that statement, Clark said Trump “should be ashamed to deliberately attack” people like her and her Liberian compatriots, who now consider the US It is your country. For his part, Omar criticized Trump’s actions on immigration since his arrival at the White House and recalled that the president came to describe African states as “shitty countries.”
“The president himself has expressed an open hatred towards people fleeing what he calls ‘shitty countries’, such as Liberia and Haiti, and now he is acting accordingly,” said Omar. In the last year, Trump canceled the Temporary Protected Status (TPS, in English) to almost 200,000 Salvadorans, 60,000 Haitians and 5,000 Nicaraguans.
The State of the Union speech on Tuesday will also be attended by Victorina Morales, the Guatemalan undocumented cleaner who revealed that she worked for the Trump golf club, and the Guatemalan Albertina Contreras and her daughter Yakelin García, separated on the border with Mexico last year.