- Associated Press - Sunday, July 20, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse are among a group of 15 senators asking President Barack Obama to extend the stays of Liberians living temporarily in the U.S. after fleeing their home country amid civil war.

Rhode Island is home to one of the nation’s largest Liberian communities. A seven-year civil war began in 1989 and a second civil war began in 1999 and lasted for four years.

Liberian refugees are allowed to live and work in the U.S. under a special status, but that policy must be periodically renewed. Obama last granted an 18-month extension in 2013. It’s due to expire Sept. 30.

The letter asks Obama to grant an extension of at least two years.

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