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Hundreds of immigrants in Minnesota have to leave the country

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -

    Hundreds of immigrants here in Minnesota will soon have to leave the country.
In 2014 when the Ebola virus struck, the Homeland Security Department granted temporary protected status to about five thousand West Africans from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.
    This allowed them to come live and work in the U.S. legally until the outbreak was contained.
    On Sunday, these immigrants will lose that status.
    Abdullah Kiatamba, the Executive Director of African Immigrant Services (AIS) in Brooklyn Park, says about 300-500 of those immigrants live in Minnesota, about ten of them in Rochester.
"Some of these people already have kids in the school systems." Kiatamba said. "They work in hospitals. They are part of the community. They are contributing. They are not causing any problems. They will go out of status. They have apartments, they have businesses. They will go out of status completely. There is no solution in sight and that's the terrible thing."
    He says even though Ebola is cleared up, the health system in Africa is broken and these people have no jobs to go back to.
    Right now AIS is working with some of these people to help find a legal solution for them to stay in the U.S. longer.

For more information on AIS click here.

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