President Trump and Congress made citizenship possible for thousands of Liberian immigrants living in the United States. Congress passed the bill with bipartisan support – this means it was approved by members of Congress from both the Republican and Democratic Parties. The law was immediately signed by President Trump.
Liberia is a country in West Africa, but its history is connected to the U.S.A.
The law allows Liberians to apply to live in the U.S. permanently if they have been here since 2014. They will be able to get green cards if they have not left the U.S. for more than 180 days. Those who have committed a crime will be excluded.
Two U.S. senators, Tina Smith (D-MN) and Jack Reed (D-RI), were the first to ask for the Liberians to gain citizenship in the U.S. A third senator, Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch (R-ID), also supports the move.
The Founding of Liberia
The Republic of Liberia began as a settlement of the American Colonization Society (ACS), which thought sending African Americans back to Africa would give them prosperity and freedom. The Republic officially declared independence on July 26, 1847. Between January 7, 1822, and the American Civil War, more than 15,000 freed slaves and free-born black people traveled to Africa and settled in Liberia. The country’s constitution and government were modeled after the American examples.