The Black Immigration Agenda and the Importance of Economic Development & Civic Participation

The Caribbean & African Faith-based Leadership Conference is inviting you to support our upcoming Forum and Luncheon on Black Immigration Reform during the Congressional Black Caucus Convention from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Saturday September 17th, 2016 at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center 775 12th St, NW Washington D.C. 2005. Due to recent initiatives by President Barack Obama, we are please to inform you that United States Citizen and Immigration Service (USCIS) has recently provided waivers for several categories of unlawful residents and  numerous African, Caribbean, Afro-Latino and Afro-European immigrants are now qualified for various immigration benefits even thou many are still left behind. Our subject for discussion includes: The Black Immigration Agenda and the Importance of Economic Development and Civic Participation in our Diaspora Communities.

The Black Immigration Agenda and the Importance of Economic Development & Civic Participation

Whenever we listen to the current presidential debates, it is evident that immigrants with African heritage are completely eliminated from the conversation on immigration reform.  It is even more devastating to know that the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is lacking of an active Immigration Task force to represent the interest of millions of Black immigrants (Africans, Afro-Caribbeans, Afro-Latinos and Afro-Europeans immigrants  whose welfare are significantly sidelined in US public policy on immigration. We are deeply concerned that the lack of a Black Immigration Agenda has caused presidents, presidential candidates and many US legislators to omit mentioning the contributions of Africans immigrants to US economic advancement and diversity. We are requesting you to mobilize your network to join the conversation for black immigration reform and we are also requesting you to share this information at your upcoming events.

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Our community needs to take all relevant actions to encourage our presidential candidates and legislators to include a progressive strategy for black immigrant tax payers, entrepreneurs and experts in almost every profession throughout the United States. It is assumed that 95% or more black immigrants entered the United States legally as: visitors, students, workers and permanent resident. Some of these individuals are in limbo and are occupying unlawful presence in the United States because their legal status have been expired or they might be pending extensions, transfers, renewals or other immigration benefits.

Most black immigrants entered the United States with visas issued by a US Embassy in their homeland and entered the United States legally via a US Immigration Customs Enforcement Port of Entry. Their bio-metric information and personal records are secured by the US Government for official purposes… Black immigrants therefore, should not be sidelined and categorized with others who entered the United States illegally by ignoring all opportunities for legal entry established by the US Government.

We are calling upon faith-based, civic, business and Diaspora leaders to arise to our call to action for black immigration reform.

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