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Thousands of immigrants allowed entry to the US to escape from West Africa’s recent Ebola outbreak now face deportation, as the program that allowed them residence is ending.

An estimated 5,900 immigrants from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone arrived in the US under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program between 2014 and 2016. However the US Citizenship and Immigration Services confirmed this week that the program will expire May 21. “The widespread transmission of Ebola virus in the three countries that led to the designations has ended,” the agency said in a statement.

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