Liberians, Other W-Africans to Lose US Immigration Status

first_imgHundreds of Africans including Liberians living in the northern U.S. state of Minnesota are about to lose their temporary immigrant status, the Voice of America (VOA) has reported.According to the station, as many as 5,000 people were granted the special protected status in 2014 when an Ebola epidemic hit Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, allowing some of the residents to live and work in the U.S. legally until the outbreak was contained.Last year, the three worst hit countries were declared Ebola free.“Now, those with temporary immigrant status must either return home or obtain legal status,” Minnesota Public Radio reported earlier this week.Abdullah Kiatamba, executive director of African Immigrant Services in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, who along with other immigration leaders is calling the termination premature, says Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone are still recovering from the outbreak, so it’s still not safe for the citizens to go home.John Keller, executive director of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, said health care systems in the countries hit hardest by Ebola were already delicate before the outbreak. “It’s great these countries have been declared Ebola free, but the toll that fighting Ebola took on the countries, you have to take that into effect, too,” he said.Kiatamba estimates that between 200 and 500 people will be affected. Officials have not released numbers, and it is unclear how many of the immigrants have returned home or found other ways to make their immigration status permanent.Kiatamba said that more than 11,000 people died during the Ebola outbreak, but that its impact goes beyond the health care system.“The employment system, economic system, social system, health have all collapsed,” he said.He said, “citizens from those countries coming to the U.S. was a very important humanitarian step, and I think the reason for their coming has totally not been eliminated.”The temporary immigration status was originally issued for an 18-month period. It was extended twice, each time for six months.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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VAR officials sleeping? England livid after Harry Kane fouled

first_imgPeople termed it as ‘divine justice’ when Harry Kane scored an added time winner to lead England to a 2-1 win over Tunisia in their opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Monday.England dominated the entire match with their attacking display yet for almost the entire match, they had just one goal to show.England should have actually taken the lead earlier but it was in the 11th minute when Kane scored off a header that England arrived at the scoreboard.Even after going 1-0 up, England kept attacking the Tunisian goal but failed to convert many a chances.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEAgainst the run of play, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef earned a controversial penalty for Tunisia, in which the referee deemed that Kyle Walker had swung his arm at him.Ferjani Sassi scored from the spot to bring Tunisia back in the game 1-1.However, there were two moments after that incident that brought the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in scrutinising light.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLETwice Kane was wrestled down in the penalty area by the Tunisian defence but the referee waived it off.Fns were absolutely livid with VAR as they failed to spot two penalty incidents that could have put the match to bed much earlier for England.Also read – Harry Kane does for England what Beckham and Rooney couldn’tFrom former players like Gary Lineker, who called VAR “a joke” to fans who thought Kane was “Batista bombed” in the box.advertisementCome on VAR, this is a joke.Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 18, 2018Even TV presenter Joe Morrison took to Twitter to post a photograph of the VAR room accusing them of “sleeping at their desks”.Lucky that Harry Kane was awake tonight bcos these guys were sleeping at their desks!#England pic.twitter.com/zo7aPIA0qFJoe Morrison (@joefooty) June 18, 2018ENGLAND ROBBED! Tunisian defender lands a wrestling takedown on Harry Kane and VAR has missed it! pic.twitter.com/80xqV28wi2World Cup (@FlFAWC2018) June 18, 2018Whats the point of VAR if they cant see Harry Kane being RKOd at every corner?! #ENGTUN #EnglandMatt Lumsden (@mattlumsdenBCFC) June 18, 2018VAR is there to overturn obvious errors. Harry Kane has just been Batista Bombed in the Box. Fuck off.Bumble_Fan (@FMHintsAndTips) June 18, 2018Tunisian player runs into Kyle Walker’s extended arm – penalty.Harry Kane wrestled to the ground – no penalty.VAR still has a lot of convincing to do! #ENGTUN #WorldCupRob Wildey (@robw986) June 18, 2018Here’s that Harry Kane penalty incident again.In fairness, the VAR team couldn’t see anything wrong with it.#TUNENG #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/BE370EizbdJack Murley (@jack_murley) June 18, 2018English female footballer Fara Williams also posted a sarcastic tweet questioning if VAR is not being used in the match between England and Tunisia.Are we not using VAR on this @England game surely now thats 2 pens on Harry Kane theyve missed ?Fara Williams MBE (@fara_williams47) June 18, 2018Considering the role that VAR is supposed to play in the tournament, even if the referee missed the incidents, how come the VARs did not notice it and brought the matter into the on-field referee’s light?According to rules, even after a certain incident, VAR can inform the referee of any discrepancies and a decision can be reached. However, none of that happened for England on Monday night.Also read – World Cup 2018: Harry Kane ecstatic after scoring late winner vs TunisiaVAR has overall been received well with the referees being helped to take many correct decisions without much effect on the flow of the game.However, there have also been times when the role of VAR has been questioned and Monday night was one such time.last_img read more

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