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PRESS RELEASE – African Communities Together Joins Lawsuit To Stop Trump Administration “Public Charge” Rule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Trump “Public Charge” Regulation Unlawful, Lawsuit Claims

Nonprofits aim to block policy targeting millions of families of color

 

ACT on Change to Diversity Visa Online Application Form

Recently, the State Department announced a change to the Diversity Visa (DV) online application that would require applicants to provide their current passport information.  In the past, someone who wanted to register for DV didn't need a passport until he/she was selected to actually apply for the visa (only 100,000 out of the roughly 14 million applicants are selected to apply for a diversity visa.) This allowed applicants to avoid the expense and log

On World Refugee Day, Hundreds Protest the Deaths of Immigrants and Refugees in ICE/CBP Detention

For Immediate Release                                                                       Thursday, June 20, 2019

Press Contact: Assefash Makonnen

E-mail: Assefash@africans.us On World Refugee Day, Hundreds Protest the Deaths of Immigrants and Refugees in ICE/CBP Detention

 

June 20th, 2019

Statement on the Liberian DED lawsuit, African Communities Together v. Trump

March 28th, 2019

For Immediate Release

Contact: assefash@africans.us, nekessa@undocublack.org

 

Joint Statement on the Liberian DED lawsuit, African Communities Together v. Trump:

Hearing on preliminary injunction and other updates

African Communities Together Supports Modernizing New York’s Deceptive Practices Act (GBL § 349)

African Communities Together Supports

Modernizing New York’s Deceptive Practices Act (GBL § 349)

 

Liberian Immigrants Sue President Trump

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Lawyers for Civil Rights jointly filed a lawsuit today challenging President Donald Trump’s termination of humanitarian protection and relief for immigrants from Liberia. The lawsuit, the first of its kind in the country, was filed on behalf of African Communities Together (ACT), the UndocuBlack Network, and fifteen affected individuals, including Liberians raising U.S. citizen children. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

The lawsuit challenges President Trump’s March 27, 2018 decision to terminate Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED), a life-saving immigration program, marshalling evidence of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, and/or national origin in violation of the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Clearing Up the Green Card Travel Rumors

Have you heard the recording going around African social media from a worker at JFK Airport?

The anonymous worker describes seeing a traveler at the airport having her green card taken away, allegedly for receiving public benefits. Can this really happen?

ACT Executive Director and immigration attorney Amaha Kassa addresses the rumors and explains the legal information you need if you are a green card holder who's preparing to travel.

Listen now by clicking here.

Join ACT in Celebrating 5 Years of Making Change!

Please join the members, staff, and Board of African Communities Together at a celebration of 5 years of African immigrants making change!

Featuring African food (heavy appetizers), African music, and African people!

At the historic National Black Theatre in Harlem.

Honorees to be announced.

Purchase tickets online by clicking here.

ACT Statement on DED Termination

Since 2016, ACT has been fighting for the thousands of immigrants from Liberia who are in the US under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) programs.

Most recently, we helped organize the campaign to extend DED, working with DED holders, the Liberian community, African organizations, and allies from around the country to lobby Congress, rally, and speak out to save this important program.

Today, we learned that the Trump Administration will terminate the program, after a one year transition period.

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