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WaPo: US Deporting Liberians To War Zone

From the open borders lobbyists at the DNC’s Washington Post:

Worshipers attend a service at the Little White Chapel, a Liberian Pentecostal congregation whose services are held at Glenmont United Methodist Church in Silver Spring.

Fearful Liberians Face U.S. Deadline For Deportation

Refugees of War-Ravaged Land Ordered to ‘Still Volatile’ Nation

By Karin Brulliard
Monday, July 16, 2007; A01

Last month, finally, Bendu Simpson told her young daughter about the ticking clock that keeps Mom awake at night: Come October, no more karate class, no more zoo trips to see the otters, no more zipping around smooth suburban streets on your purple scooter. No more toilets, showers or central air.

On a recent night, 8-year-old Ami picked at her popcorn shrimp basket in the cool confines of a Gaithersburg Red Lobster and described her feelings upon learning she might soon have to abandon their neat Clarksburg townhouse for the war-shattered terrain of her mother’s native Liberia, a nation Ami has never seen.

“Mad,” grumbled Ami, her dark eyes gazing at the table. “I thought, I’m not going back. I’m scared of the things that are there.”

Fear and anger are pulsing these days through the Liberian community in the Washington region and nationwide. Barring action by the Bush administration or Congress, Simpson and about 3,500 other Liberians will be subject to deportation Oct 1. Since 1991, they have been allowed to live and work in the United States while civil war seethed in their homeland. They have had children, bought homes, paid taxes — and they want to stay. But last year, the U.S. government deemed their West African nation stable, so Liberians with temporary protected status must go.

“You’ve come to a greener pasture and are trying to make a better life for you and your family, and all of a sudden it’s going to be taken away from you,” said Simpson, 38, a financial counselor, her words trailing off as she looked worriedly at Ami. “It’s hard. Because I’ve worked hard here in America.”

Liberia’s bloodshed ended after 14 years in 2003, and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is trying to build democracy out of devastation. But Liberians in the United States say the country is still no place to return to. Electricity is scarce, as is running water. According to a 2006 U.N. report, 85 percent of Liberians are unemployed. The average life expectancy is 39 years, and just 26 doctors practice in the country of 3.4 million. Malnutrition and infectious disease are rampant. The CIA World Factbook refers to the security situation, which is aided by 15,000 U.N. peacekeepers, as “still volatile.”

Besides, the Liberians say, if the United States takes mercy on any immigrants, it should be them. Liberia was founded by freed slaves in the 19th century, with a flag and constitution modeled after those of the United States. During World War II and the Cold War, the United States operated bases in Liberia. Some Liberians mutter that they are being treated like illegal immigrants who sneaked over the border.

“We consider ourselves the sister of America,” said Saymendy Lloyd, a Liberian activist who lives in the District. “How can they do this to us?”

Even for the Washington Post this is a preposterous attempt at a sob story.

Someone should tell the US State Department that Liberia is currently so dangerous. At the moment they are posting no current travel warnings about going to Liberia.

Besides, aren’t we constantly told how horrible the US is for people of African descent, and how much better off they are in their native lands?

No, these Liberians don’t want to go back home because they have found out that the US is a far better country. 

But it is only a better country because its citizens have worked for generations to make it and keep it so.

The Liberians should try doing that at home, instead of insisting on it being given to them for nothing.

Some Liberians mutter that they are being treated like illegal immigrants who sneaked over the border. “We consider ourselves the sister of America,” said Saymendy Lloyd, a Liberian activist who lives in the District. “How can they do this to us?”

The child-like ignorance about the founding of Liberia is almost touching.

From Wikipedia:

History of Liberia

Modern Liberia was founded in 1822 by freed slaves from the United States. They were sent to Africa under the auspices of the American Colonization Society, a private organization whose purpose was “to promote and execute a plan for colonizing in Africa, with their own consent, the free people of color residing in the US.” The American Colonization Society was a group of white Americans — including some slaveholders — that had a variety of motives.

The colonization effort resulted from a mixture of motives. Free blacks, freedmen and their descendants, encountered widespread discrimination in the United States of the early 19th century. They were generally perceived as a burden on society, and a threat to white workers because they undercut wages. Some abolitionists believed that blacks could not achieve equality in the United States and would be better off in Africa. Many slaveholders were worried that the presence of free blacks would encourage slaves to rebel. Other supporters of removal to Africa wanted to prevent racial mixing, to promote the spread of Christianity in Africa, or to develop trade with Africa…

But history isn’t taught in schools these days.

Probably for a reason.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, July 16th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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