The Black Immigration Network, which supports the nation’s black immigrant and African-American communities, announced that it will hold four regional conferences, instead of one national conference, this year to dig deep into developing strategies to fight the Trump administration’s assaults on black-immigrant rights.
The Black Immigration Network made it clear that the battle with the Trump administration has already begun and it will continue for the foreseeable future.
“We are only a few months into 2018, and we’ve already seen major assaults on Black immigrants—from I.C.E. raids and violently disparaging remarks against our home countries, to attempts to end the family visa-immigration programs, legal challenges to DACA (Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals) and a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that non-citizens have no right to a bond hearing,” BIN wrote.
The organization’s announcement comes two days after a national press conference call, in which BIN did not participate, titled “What’s next in the battle for immigration reform?”
Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice, which supports immigration reform, was one of four speakers, and to put it mildly, he wasn’t optimistic about the outlook.
“Let me be blunt, the outlook is bleak,” Sharry said. “Trump has declared war on immigrants and refugees. He wants to kick out people who are here and keep those out who want to come here.”
On September 5, President Trump rescinded the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals. The order said no new applications would be approved. There are 689,800 DACA recipients, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
“It is very unlikely Congress will pass any relief for DACA recipients,” Sharry said. DACA recipients came to the U.S. as children and remained in the country illegally, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and to be eligible for a work permit.
March 5th was the deadline for Congress and the White House to agree to write legislation and pass a bill to protect DACA recipients from deportation.
Federal Appeals Courts have ruled against the Trump administration rescission of DACA.
And the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up the case, meaning the March 5 deadline is meaningless.
On Wednesday evening, members of the Trump administration told key Republican leaders that it would compromise on DACA in exchange for receiving funds to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, which was the centerpiece of Trump’s election campaign.
Since Trump came into office, the Black Immigration Network reported deportations have increased to Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
“The removal of Somalis has nearly doubled while deportations to Ghana and West Africa are up more than two times. The number of deported Haitians soared from 300 in 2016 to more than 5,500 last year,” BIN reported.
Black Immigration Network officials are angry Trump called African countries and Haiti “shithole countries.”
As of 2015, a record 3.8 million black immigrants lived in the United States, more than four times the number who lived here in 1980.
This is the second time this year, BIN has blasted Trump for his policies concerning black and Muslim immigrants.
He signed in January an order reducing the number of refugees from Libya, Somalia, Sudan and other countries with large Muslim populations from moving to the United States in addition to making it more difficult for those who already live here.
The Black Immigration Network’s first regional conference is scheduled for April 26-29 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The conference is titled “Boundless & Fearless: Defending the Diaspora.” Locations of the other three conferences have not been announced.
These challenging times call for a new approach to the problem, BIN asserted.
“We are building a comprehensive website where you can find more information about each gathering and register to join a regional planning team,” BIN said.