RE: ELIMINATE OR EXTEND THE DEADLINE OF THE LIBERIAN REFUGEE
IMMIGRATION FAIRNESS PROGRAM
Dear Senate Majority Leader Schumer, Senate Minority Leader McConnell, Speaker of the House Pelosi,
House Majority Leader Hoyer, and House Minority Leader McCarthy,
The 93 undersigned organizations that serve and advocate for Liberian immigrants, including
members of the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF) Strategy Group, write to respectfully
submit our urgent request for Congress to eliminate altogether, or extend for at least two years, the
Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF) program’s current deadline of December 20, 2021.
1 We urge you as Congressional leadership to take up this issue in an appropriate legislative vehicle as soon as possible; ideally, in the omnibus appropriations process in early 2022.
Congress extended the LRIF deadline once before, having seen a disastrous first year of
implementation in 2020 and the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we continue to navigate the
pandemic, it is time for Congress to stand up for Liberians once again. Congress must make the necessary changes to ensure eligible Liberians can benefit from the program, per original Congressional intent.