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Liberians grapple with potential loss of U.S. legal status
As snow blanketed African markets, churches and graves in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, in February, members of the Liberian community were praying fervently that this would not be their last winter in the United States.
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May 14, 2019
Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status holders and supporters attend a thanksgiving service on Sunday,...
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The Wider Image: Liberians grapple with potential loss of U.S. legal status
Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status holders and supporters attend a thanksgiving service on Sunday, after the DED status was extended, meaning they were not in immediate danger of family separation, in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, March 31. As snow blanketed African markets, churches and graves in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, in February, members of the Liberian community were praying fervently that this would not be their last winter in the United States.

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May 14, 2019
DED status holder Annie Yonly sits in a congressional hearing room as Liberian activists gather on Capitol...
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The Wider Image: Liberians grapple with potential loss of U.S. legal status
DED status holder Annie Yonly sits in a congressional hearing room as Liberian activists gather on Capitol Hill before lobbying members of Congress in Washington, March 14. A form of immigration status known as Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) - which had protected the migrants from deportation and allowed them to work legally - was due to expire in March, meaning they would have had to leave the country voluntarily or be deported.

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May 14, 2019
Women depart in the snow after a DED rally at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota, February...
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The Wider Image: Liberians grapple with potential loss of U.S. legal status
Women depart in the snow after a DED rally at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota, February 22. It was all part of the effort by President Donald Trump's administration to widen its crackdown on legal and illegal immigration to the United States.

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May 14, 2019
Liberian women greet one another during their weekly Senior Day at the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota...
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The Wider Image: Liberians grapple with potential loss of U.S. legal status
Liberian women greet one another during their weekly Senior Day at the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota community center in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, February 13. Days before the March deadline, Trump granted Liberians a reprieve to last through March 30, 2020. Though relieved, community members recognized that the clock was simply reset for the thousands of Liberians who fled civil war and instability in their home country in the 1990s and early 2000s.

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May 14, 2019
Marie Zar, 52, who has been in the United States for nearly two decades, holds DED status. Like many...
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The Wider Image: Liberians grapple with potential loss of U.S. legal status
Marie Zar, 52, who has been in the United States for nearly two decades, holds DED status. Like many Liberians in Minnesota, she works in the healthcare industry. She's a nurse's assistant, who also picks up shifts at the local hospital as an interpreter for Liberian patients.

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May 14, 2019
Marie Zar closes the curtains at her apartment before she leaves for work in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota,...
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The Wider Image: Liberians grapple with potential loss of U.S. legal status
Marie Zar closes the curtains at her apartment before she leaves for work in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, March 29. The money she makes supports nearly two dozen family members in Liberia. She said her family's lives will be upended if her DED status ends. "My nieces are going to school from the money I make here," Zar said. "We don't know what's going to happen. We're not sure what's going to happen to us."

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May 14, 2019
Famatta Zeon, 43, a local Liberian organizer with DED status, had worked furiously throughout winter...
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The Wider Image: Liberians grapple with potential loss of U.S. legal status
Famatta Zeon, 43, a local Liberian organizer with DED status, had worked furiously throughout winter to lobby the government and raise awareness of her community's plight. "There are some families who have been here 23, 25 years on this status," she said. "We've worked here, we've paid our taxes, we have homes here. We don't want our children to be put in the system here. We have tried our honest best to work here and not be dependent on the system."

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May 14, 2019
Famatta Zeon, with her daughter Grace, visits Brooklyn United Methodist Church to thank the congregants...
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The Wider Image: Liberians grapple with potential loss of U.S. legal status
Famatta Zeon, with her daughter Grace, visits Brooklyn United Methodist Church to thank the congregants for their support on the Sunday morning after the DED status was extended in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, March 31. But Zeon lamented: "He's the only one that can put that gavel down," referring to President Donald Trump. "Give us ... a clear pathway to citizenship. We're taxpayers, we're not problems."

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May 14, 2019
Grace Zeon, whose parents are DED status holders, holds a sign at the DED rally at the Minnesota State...
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The Wider Image: Liberians grapple with potential loss of U.S. legal status
Grace Zeon, whose parents are DED status holders, holds a sign at the DED rally at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, February 22. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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May 14, 2019
DED status holders and their supporters hold a DED rally at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul,...
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The Wider Image: Liberians grapple with potential loss of U.S. legal status
DED status holders and their supporters hold a DED rally at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, February 22. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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May 14, 2019
DED status holder Annie Yonly, flanked by presidential candidate Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), becomes...
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DED status holder Annie Yonly, flanked by presidential candidate Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), becomes emotional as she addresses Liberian activists as they rally outside of the Capitol after a day spent lobbying members of Congress in Washington, March 114. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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May 14, 2019
DED status holder Annie Yonly sits with fellow Liberian activists Kamaty Diahn and Pastor Moses Punni...
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The Wider Image: Liberians grapple with potential loss of U.S. legal status
DED status holder Annie Yonly sits with fellow Liberian activists Kamaty Diahn and Pastor Moses Punni as they lobby a congressional staff member on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 14. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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May 14, 2019
Liberian immigration activist Erasmus Williams walks to a meeting at the State Capitol the day after...
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The Wider Image: Liberians grapple with potential loss of U.S. legal status
Liberian immigration activist Erasmus Williams walks to a meeting at the State Capitol the day after the DED status was extended for a year by the Trump administration, in St. Paul, Minnesota, March 29. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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May 14, 2019
Liberian immigration activists, led by Erasmus Williams, Pastor Francis Tabla and Kamaty Diahn ask staff...
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The Wider Image: Liberians grapple with potential loss of U.S. legal status
Liberian immigration activists, led by Erasmus Williams, Pastor Francis Tabla and Kamaty Diahn ask staff members why their meeting with Minnesota Governor Tim Walz was cancelled, the day after the DED status was extended for one year by the Trump administration, at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota, March 29. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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May 14, 2019
Liberian immigration activist Erasmus Williams drives to a meeting at the State Capitol the day after...
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The Wider Image: Liberians grapple with potential loss of U.S. legal status
Liberian immigration activist Erasmus Williams drives to a meeting at the State Capitol the day after the DED status was extended for a year by the Trump administration, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 29. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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May 14, 2019
Liberian immigration activists depart after their meeting with Minnesota Governor Tim Walz was cancelled,...
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The Wider Image: Liberians grapple with potential loss of U.S. legal status
Liberian immigration activists depart after their meeting with Minnesota Governor Tim Walz was cancelled, the day after the DED status was extended for one year by the Trump administration, at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota, March 29. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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May 14, 2019
DED status holder and Liberian community activist Famatta Zeon jokes with fellow community leaders before...
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The Wider Image: Liberians grapple with potential loss of U.S. legal status
DED status holder and Liberian community activist Famatta Zeon jokes with fellow community leaders before an Organization of Liberians in Minnesota board meeting in their community centre in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, March 29. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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May 14, 2019
DED status holder Annie Yonly attends a thanksgiving service with her children, who are U.S. citizens,...
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The Wider Image: Liberians grapple with potential loss of U.S. legal status
DED status holder Annie Yonly attends a thanksgiving service with her children, who are U.S. citizens, on Sunday after her DED status was extended, meaning they were not in immediate danger of family separation, in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, March 31. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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May 14, 2019
Workers handle the lunchtime rush at the Africa International Market in the Liberian immigrant enclave...
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The Wider Image: Liberians grapple with potential loss of U.S. legal status
Workers handle the lunchtime rush at the Africa International Market in the Liberian immigrant enclave of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, March 30. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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May 14, 2019
People order Liberian stews for lunch at the Africa International Market in the Liberian immigrant enclave...
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The Wider Image: Liberians grapple with potential loss of U.S. legal status
People order Liberian stews for lunch at the Africa International Market in the Liberian immigrant enclave of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, March 30. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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May 14, 2019
Grace Zeon, a U.S. citizen by birth whose parents are DED status holders, plays a game on her father's...
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The Wider Image: Liberians grapple with potential loss of U.S. legal status
Grace Zeon, a U.S. citizen by birth whose parents are DED status holders, plays a game on her father's phone as she waits to go to church in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, March 31. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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May 14, 2019
Liberian immigrant Harrietta Bettie visits her family gravesite at Mound Cemetery, which dates to 1862...
BROOKLYN CENTER, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Liberians grapple with potential loss of U.S. legal status
Liberian immigrant Harrietta Bettie visits her family gravesite at Mound Cemetery, which dates to 1862 but now also makes room for the graves of African and Asian immigrants, in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, March 23. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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May 14, 2019
DED status holders and supporters hold a DED prayer service at Christian Life Center in Brooklyn Center,...
BROOKLYN CENTER, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Liberians grapple with potential loss of U.S. legal status
DED status holders and supporters hold a DED prayer service at Christian Life Center in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, February 22. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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