By Cherri Gregg
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – President Obama’s executive order on immigration got a lot of press early this month. But a new initiative to give temporary protection to West African immigrants affected by Ebola has gone under the radar.READ MORE: America Marks Juneteenth As A Federal Holiday
Secretary of homeland security Jeh Johnson announced last week that immigrants from Liberia, Sierra Lione, and Guinea — countries deeply affected by Ebola who are currently living in the US — can apply for a temporary, protected status and two-year work permit.
“It does not give a pathway to a green card or citizenship. It just gives temporary protection,” says Amanda Bergson-Shilcock of the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians.
She says the government sometimes gives this status to immigrants dealing with natural disasters in the home countries:READ MORE: Dre's Homemade Water Ice And Ice Cream Now Sets Up Spot At Spruce Harbor Park
“Ebola is not a natural disaster per se, but it’s having a very serious effect on the economies back in West Africa,” she says.
The application deadline is May 20th of next year.
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