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Letter to President-Elect Biden Calling on Him to Rescind all Bans

December 18, 2020

 

African Communities Together joined the No Muslim Ban Ever campaign, the Value Our Families campaign and several national, state and local organizations, in sending a letter to President-Elect Joe Biden to thank him for his commitment to rescind every iteration of the Muslim Ban, including the African Ban, on Day One and to urge him to expeditiously rescind related bans and Executive Orders.  See the letter here.

 

LRIF Program Extended Until December 20, 2021

December 28, 2020

 

Yesterday, the President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 which contained an extension of the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness program.  Following several months of advocacy, this is yet another victory for the Liberian community. Eligible Liberians now have an additional year to file for their green cards.  The new deadline is now December 20, 2021.  See our press release here.

 

African Communities Together Calls for an End to Denaturalizations

January 14, 2021

African Communities Together joined over 40 organizations in urging the Biden-Harris Administration to take immediate action to halt the Trump Administration’s denaturalization apparatus.  In 2017 and 2018, the Trump Administration filed double the average number of denaturalization cases filed in the prior 12 years with apparent targeting of people of color and Muslims. See the letter here.

Principles for a Values-Based Budget for Immigrant Justice

January 14, 2021

 

African Communities Together recently contributed to the National Immigrant Justice Center and 

American Immigration Council FY2022 budget priorities document that was submitted to the Biden-Harris transition today.  The document, entitled Principles for a Values-Based Budget for Immigrant Justice, includes as a priority the funding of a White House Task Force on Black Immigrants.  See the full document here.

 

New Report Shows Professional Licenses Out of Reach for New York’s African Hair Braiders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 8, 2020

Contacts:
Assefash Makonnen, African Communities Together, assefash@africans.us
Erin Markman, Take Root Justice, emarkman@takerootjustice.org; 650-814-7577

New Report Shows Professional Licenses Out of Reach for New York’s African Hair Braiders

Research Led by African Hair Braiders Details Barriers Faced When Pursuing Professional Licenses, Lays Out A Vision For Change

Press Release: Black Immigrant Organizations and Civil Rights Groups Applaud the National Defense Authorization Act's Pathway to Permanent Residency for Liberian Immigrants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 20, 2019 

 

BLACK IMMIGRANT ORGANIZATIONS AND CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS  APPLAUD THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT’S PATHWAY TO PERMANENT RESIDENCY FOR LIBERIAN IMMIGRANTS

Press Release: BLACK IMMIGRANT ORGANIZATIONS APPLAUD CONGRESSIONAL MOVE TOWARDS PROVIDING LIBERIAN IMMIGRANTS WITH IMMEDIATE PATH TO PERMANENT STATUS 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 13, 2019

Contact:

Assefash Makonnen,  African Communities Together

1 (646) 504-6103; assefash@africans.us

Brian Erickson (Camino PR), UndocuBlack Network

1 (631) 459-2173; brian@caminopr.com 
 

BLACK IMMIGRANT ORGANIZATIONS APPLAUD CONGRESSIONAL MOVE TOWARDS PROVIDING LIBERIAN IMMIGRANTS WITH IMMEDIATE PATH TO PERMANENT STATUS 

Press Release: 'It is Now Law' Black Immigrant Organizations and Civil Rights Groups Applaud the National Defense Authorization Act's Pathway to Permanent Residency for Liberian Immigrants

For Immediate Release

'IT IS NOW LAW' BLACK IMMIGRANT ORGANIZATIONS AND CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS  APPLAUD THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT’S PATHWAY TO PERMANENT RESIDENCY FOR LIBERIAN IMMIGRANTS

September 24, 2019

Contact:

Assefash Makonnen, African Communities Together, assefash@africans.us 

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

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