The Department of Homeland Security granted more than 4,500 people from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea special permission to live and work in the states after a deadly Ebola outbreak ravaged their home countries from late 2013 to early 2016.
had eight months to get out.
Temporary protected status, or TPS, is a benefit granted to non-citizens who are in the U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services said as of the start of this year, the majority of TPS beneficiaries from the Ebola outbreak — 2,313 — were from Liberia, 1,180 were from Sierra Leone and 1,009 from Guinea.
The organization said the longer people remain under protective status, the more reasons they can find to stay — for instance, they might marry an American, claim their children as U.S.