Great news: Obama gives deportation protection to people from the Ebola hot-zone nations

Great news: Obama gives deportation protection to people from the Ebola hot-zone nations

[Ed. – In theory, this won’t apply to people who come through Immigration after today (Thursday, 20 November).  But if people from the Ebola hot zones find ways to get in illegally — and many will — we can assume they will have protection under this order as well.]

The Department of Homeland Security will grant temporary protected status to people from the three West African countries most affected by Ebola who are currently residing in the United States, department officials said on Thursday.

People from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone in the United States as of Thursday may apply for protection from deportation, as well as for work permits, for 18 months, said a Department of Homeland Security official.

After 18 months, the Secretary of Homeland Security will assess whether the protection should be extended, based on the level of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. …

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials estimate that 8,000 people will be eligible to apply.

“The Ebola response in the United States has been front and center in the United States government at high levels,” said a Department of Homeland Security official. “This designation has been part of that constant monitoring, reevaluation and reassessment of the appropriate response.”

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