MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota congressman is applauding the decision by President Barack Obama to allow most Liberians living in the United States since that country’s civil war 20 years ago to stay another 18 months.

Rep. Keith Ellison says there are about 3,600 Liberians in the United States on temporary status and more than 1,000 of them are in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Democrat has introduced legislation that would Liberian nationals living in the United States under special immigration status to apply for permanent residency.

If Obama had not approved the extension, the Liberians would have been deported by Sept. 30, when a previous Obama extension of their “temporary protected status” was to have expired.

The protective status began in 1991 as Liberians fled a civil war that ended in 2003.

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Comments (8)
  1. Lion King says:

    Simba and they family and sleep in peace for another 18 months.

  2. CorkyF says:

    Another burden on an already stretched thin country. Sounds like Obummer’s already trying to suck up to the utopian liberals in preperation for 2012.

  3. Jake says:

    Send ’em all BACK!! I’m tired of supporting these people, who send half of their paychecks back to Liberia, then beg for MORE handouts from US taxpayers. Liberia won’t rebuild itself. Bush did the same thing, and HE was WRONG too, it’s all about buying votes, and I’m sick and tired of it. When will some crooked politician try to ‘buy’ MY VOTE??

  4. Darrius Deontae Washington says:

    Let’s just bring all of Africa here. That’s what it’s coming to eventually, isn’t it?

  5. Emily Howsen says:

    I’m so glad! We need more gorgeous black men! Thank you Obama!

  6. Albert says:

    Send all those indolent, lazy leaches back to where they came from now!!! How many of you realize that between 200 and 2010, MN had a higher growth rate of blacks than any other state? It’s already up to 6% and at this rate, by 2025, MN is going to match GA with the percentage of blacks!!!!!!!!!

    1. Paul Solinger says:

      Oh know! We can’t match GA in percentage of blacks!?! Grab your burning crosses and white sheets, we must do something about this!?!

      You’re just jealous that the white trash population in Minnesota is decreasing so you won’t have any peers left to whine to.

  7. Paul Solinger says:

    Nothing like a good Liberian story to bring the racists out in droves. The only reason there weren’t more racist posts is because the truly ignorant misread the headline and thought we were talking about librarians.

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