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Black Immigrant Group Schedules National Call

Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Black Alliance for Just Immigration

By Frederick H. Lowe

The Black Alliance for Just Immigration, an advocacy group for the black immigrants and African Americans, has scheduled a telephone town hall for Monday, February 20, to answer questions about how President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration will or have affected black immigrants, an issue BAJI claims too little attention has been paid to.

The teletown is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. EST. Individuals can register at baji-teletownhall/. Or they can sign up by texting BAJI to 828282. Those interested can also listen without registering via Livestream.

“What do the Trump Administration’s policies mean for black immigrant and African-American communities?,” BAJI asked.  This telephone town hall will share analysis of the executive orders’ impact on black immigrants and African Americans.

President Trump on Jan. 25 issued the first of several executive orders concerning immigration. Federal courts so far have blocked enforcement of the executive orders. The White House is appealing the decisions.

One of the executive orders calls for detention of non-citizens arrested on suspicion of violating any federal or state law.

The Alliance claims the executive order could affect green card holders accused of a deportable offense under the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.

President Trump also has issued an executive order banning citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the U.S. for at least 90 days.

Although most Americans think of immigrants as coming from Mexico or South America, a growing number of immigrants are black and are from Africa and the Caribbean.

In 2015,  a record 3.8 million black immigrants  lived in the United States, more than four times the number who lived here in 1980.

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