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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.

ACT Language Access in the News

PBS NewsHour recently covered New York City's expanded translation of voter registration forms, and highlighted ACT's work on language access for New York's African communities: 

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/new-york-city-voter-registration-lan...

TPS Extended!

Over the past months, ACT and our partners in the Coalition for TPS Renewal have waged a campaign to save Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

Congressional Leaders Call on DHS to Renew TPS

On the eve of the deadline for Homeland Security to announce whether it will renew Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, 39 members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary Jeh Johnson asking him to extend the program.

Two Steps Forward for Language Access

For tens of thousands of African New Yorkers, language can be a major barrier. In the last month, ACT has led two important breakthroughs to help African immigrants access services and engage in their community.

ACT Welcomes Mayor's Action in Support of Immigration Reform

ACT Executive Director Amaha Kassa was quoted in a recent media advisory from Mayor Bill DeBlasio, announcing that New York is joining with 73 other cities and counties to urge that President Obama’s executive actions on immigration be implemented immediately.

ACT Director Talks Ebola Stigma on BBC-PRI The World

ACT Director Amaha Kassa was interviewed on The World, a program of the BBC and Public Radio International, talking about African immigrants, Ebola stigma, and the African Community Defense Project.

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