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.
Given the Administration's record, there was a real risk that Liberians would lose status immediately, which would have been a disaster. This reprieve is a direct result of our community's advocacy.
But it's not enough. We need permanent status for Liberians, many of whom have been in the US for decades and have US citizen children.
We will continue to fight, in Congress, in the courts, and in the streets to make our immigration system more fair and humane.
See our full statement below. And please support our work by making a donation.Read more
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:
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.Read more
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.Read more
On Thursday, July 14, 2016, New York City officials announced that voter registration forms will be translated into an additional five languages, including: Arabic, French, Haitian Creole, Russian, and Urdu.Read more
On May 2, 2016 ACT members met to discuss immigration. The meeting opened with a discussion on Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which provides immigrants from countries affected by Ebola with the documentation to live and work in America.Read more
The connection between African hair braiders in NYC and ACT’s enduring struggle for immigration reform is stronger than ever!Read more
Today, the United States Supreme Court agreed to review President Obama's executive orders on immigration. The Court will decide in April whether millions of undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, or whose children are U.S. citizens and permanent residents, will receive working papers and protection from deportation.Read more
In two short years, ACT has tripled the size of its staff! In 2015, ACT welcomed Karina Edouard and Ojiugo Uzoma to its growing team. Read more about their experiences here!
Why are so many African immigrants working below their skill level? What do African immigrants need to know about their rights on the job? How can we help ourselves and our community get ahead? The topic at ACT’s August membership was jobs, and the conversation was lively.