UPDATE: President Obama's Executive Order on Immigration

Executive Action Update:

A judge issued a decision on Feb. 16, 2015 that impacts the timeline of DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) and DACA+ (expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) initiatives. The judge's decision is temporary and is being challenged by the Department of Justice in a higher court. 

The National Immigration Law Center, NILC, released a thorough update on the status of President Obama's executive order, stating that on Wednesday, May 26, 2015 the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the federal government’s emergency request to “stay” the Texas court’s decision and thus allow the initiatives to proceed. This means that the DAPA and expanded DACA programs are still not available. Click here to read the NILC’s full report. 


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Spotlight on ASC's Amazing ESL Instructors

Comment dites-vous "incroyable" en Anglais? ASC's ESL instructors, that's how.


Every Tuesday and Thursday evening when most of African Service's staff are heading home for the day, ASC's dedicated English as a Second language, ESL/ ESOL, teachers begin their labor of love: Helping immigrants develop the language and literacy skills they need to interact, engage and build opportunity for themselves and their families.

Lauded as a model for community-based ESOL programs, ASC is proud to provide an exemplary program flexible to the needs of students of all nationalities, languages and academic backgrounds. Staff includes TESOL Coordinator Amy Kaiman, and volunteers Jonathan Parker, Ryah Parker, Sanae Nakayama, Ayesha Rehman, Kethan Takkellapati Rao, and Devon Golaszewski.


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ASC Joins Cause for Establishing #NAIRHHA Day

ASC has signed on as an organization supporting the establishment of National African Immigrant & Refugee HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis Awareness Day (#NAIRHHA Day).

"After over thirty years of African immigration to the US, it’s time to recognize major health challenges among African communities—creating an HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis awareness day takes us another step forward in raising awareness and linking African immigrants and refugees to free testing and treatment services," ASC Co-Executive Director Kim Nichols said.

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World Hepatitis Day and the First-Ever NYC World Hepatitis B Awareness Week

ASC took part in a five-borough World Hepatitis Day awareness campaign, followed by a "Freeze Mob" at Foley Square. World Hepatitis Day is recognized around the globe to raise awareness on the real-life impact of viral hepatitis. The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 400 million people have chronic viral hepatitis worldwide and most of them do not know they are infected. More than 1 million people die each year from causes related to viral hepatitis, commonly cirrhosis and liver cancer. It is important to know the risk factors for hepatitis, talk to family and friends who may be at risk, speak to your health care provider about treatment and strategies to remain healthy.

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