Reed urges Obama not to send Liberians home
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says Liberians living legally in the United States should not be forced to return home during the Ebola outbreak.
Reed says the policy that allows thousands of Liberians to live legally in the United States is set to expire Sept. 30 unless the Obama administration acts.
Reed and 14 other senators are urging the administration to grant an extension of at least two years and pursue comprehensive immigration reform that would give qualifying Liberians and their families an opportunity to obtain permanent resident status.
Reed says it would be “inhumane” to send these families into areas hardest hit by the outbreak.
More than 2,200 deaths throughout West Africa have been attributed to Ebola amid the worst outbreak of the disease in history.