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.
In a friend-of-the-court brief in the Texas vs. United States lawsuit, before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the cities and counties argued that blocking immigration reform will cause significant harm to America’s local governments.
The executive actions would provide temporary work authorization and relief from deportation to thousands of immigrants with longstanding ties to the U.S.
"Immigration reform is vital for New York's African immigrant communities," said Amaha Kassa, Executive Director of African Communities Together. "All of our members have heard about President Obama's executive actions, many are qualified and ready to apply for relief, and none of them can understand why progress has been put on hold. This filing sends an important message that New York City has immigrants' backs, even if some states have chosen to send the opposite message.”