Liberian Immigrants Sue President Trump

For Immediate Release
March 8, 2019


BOSTON, MAThe 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.

Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) is a humanitarian program that protects approximately 4,000 Liberian immigrants in the United States. Over the past two decades, DED was renewed under both Republican and Democrat administrations because of environmental disasters and armed conflict in Liberia. President Trump’s decision to terminate DED marked an abrupt departure from the practice established by previous administrations. Under DED, Liberians have been able to to live, work, and raise U.S. citizen children.

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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.

Purchasing a sponsorship and prefer to pay by check, or need an invoice? Download the sponsorship form here, email khadim@africans.us, or call (646) 618-1010.

5th Anniversary Celebration
October 25, 2018, 6:30 PM

The National Black Theatre

2031 5th Ave, New York, NY 10035


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.

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.

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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-languages/


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.

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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.

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Language Access Helps Africans Vote!

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.

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ACT Members Meet and Declare 6 Months is Not Enough!

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.

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African Hair Braiders and the Fight for Immigration Reform

The connection between African hair braiders in NYC and ACT’s enduring struggle for immigration reform is stronger than ever!

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