Statement by the President: Liberia (9/28/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
September 28, 2000

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     Today, I directed the Attorney General and the Immigration and
Naturalization Service to defer for one year from September 29 the
deportation of certain Liberians who are present in the United States on
that date.  This action is aimed at promoting stability in Liberia and West
Africa.  In particular, I am concerned that a decision by our government to
deport Liberians who have enjoyed the protection of our country for many
years could cause the involuntary repatriation of many thousands of
Liberian refugees from other nations in West Africa.  This would severely
burden Liberia and cause instability in Liberia and in the region.  I
understand that Congress is actively considering a legislative fix for this
problem, and I would welcome any solution that would provide relief for
Liberians with long-standing ties to the United States.


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