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Trump Is Ending Deportation Protection For Liberians

The shithole president strikes again.

The Trump administration will discontinue a Clinton-era program that granted Liberian citizens special immigration status.

On Tuesday night, the administration announced its plan to end the Deferred Enforcement Departure program, formed under Bill Clinton in 1999 which allowed Liberians, many of whom had lived through the Second Civil War, to live and work in the US legally, reports AP News.

The program's recipients will be given a one year "wind down" period before they must return to Liberia.


The program, which was extended under the Bush and Obama administrations, will cease under Trump, as he believes that it is no longer needed. The country is "no longer experiencing armed conflict," he said in a memorandum. Also adding that Libera has made "significant progress in restoring stability and democratic governance."

According the the Department of Homeland Security, a total of 839 Liberians are current beneficiaries of the program. Their protections will expire on March 31, 2019.

Trump has cut several programs that protect immigrant rights since the start of his presidency. His administration has also worked to scale down the Temporary Protected Status program which allows similar work protections to citizens from identified nations.

Last year, he rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood (DACA) policy, putting nearly 800,000 immigrants brought to the United States before the age of 16 at risk of deportation.

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Watch Focalistic & Vigro Deep’s New Music Video For ‘Ke Star’

The 'Lockdown Level 1 anthem' has come to life through fire visuals.

South African artist Focalistic has released a music video to accompany his hit single, "Ke Star" featuring Vigro Deep.

The rising artist continues solidifying his place with his effortless skill of blending his hip-hop roots with a love for amapiano.

South Africans certainly loved it enough to let it into their homes. Social media users quickly began sharing videos of themselves dancing away their lockdown woes to "Ke Star," helping share the track all over the world.

Directed by Steezus in Focalistic's childhood stomping ground, Ga-Rankuwa, Zone 2, the artist mentions: "The video was to try to explain the song in its fullest form and more importantly tell a genuine South African story. We're pushing a movement and there has to be visual representation." He certainly is representing the nation with pride.


Watch the music video for "Ke Star" here.


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The 9 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Olamide, Nasty C, Davido, Mr Eazi x Nicki Minaj and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here, Apple Music here and YouTube Music here

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Listen to Alicia Keys & Diamond Platnumz’ New Song ‘Wasted Energy’

The Tanzanian music icon and American star team up on the track from her new album, ALICIA.

Tanzanian star Diamond Platnumz features on Alicia Keys' latest album titled, ALICIA.

Platnumz' influence is clear as the song, titled "Wasted Energy," is a far cry from what is usually expected from the "If I Ain't Got You" singer.

Taking cues and influence from reggae, afropop and the bongo flava that the Tanzanian star is known for, "Wasted Energy" speaks of a lover in a relationship with someone who intentionally ignores their needs and desires.

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