Immigrants from all backgrounds experience challenges upon coming to the United States. Often, groups from similar backgrounds face similar issues. This is the basis of a conference that was recently held in Miami, Florida. The conference focused on the matters black immigrants sometimes face. The three day conference was held at the Little Haiti Cultural Center.
Issues that were expected to be covered during the conference called "Rising Together: Black Immigration Network Kinship Assembly," include:
- Immigration reform
- Reunification of Haitian families
- Improving understanding between black immigrants and African Americans
In addition, the co-director of the Brooklyn-based Black Alliance for Just Immigration indicated that the mass incarceration of African Americans and the deportation and detention of black immigrants would be discussed.
Though the outcomes of the conference are unclear, they could potentially impact many. This is because according to a report from the Homeland Security Department, in 2012, a little more than 71,000 individuals from Nigeria, Ethiopia, Jamaica and Haiti received green cards.
Depending on the issue an immigrant residing in Miami or other communities throughout the nation encounters, it is possible that an immigration lawyer could be of assistance. The laws regarding this matter are vast and may change with little notice. For these reasons contacting an attorney who handles such matters when an issue arises is usually the best course of action. Depending on the issue, the consequences for failing to do so could dramatically impact one’s life and might result in them being returned to their home country.
Source: The Miami Herald, “Miami conference aims to give more prominence to issues, stories of black immigrants,” Alfonso Chardy, May 24, 2014