The Alliance is a coalition of community-based organizations and advocacy groups building shared power and working together to advance strategic campaigns for racial, economic and environmental justice in economic growth and land development in the Twin Cities region.

Member spotlight: African Career, Education and Resource Inc (ACER)

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For thousands of Minnesota residents from Liberia, the clock is ticking. Come March 31, 2020, their ability to live and work in the communities they call home could come to an abrupt end.

Organizers and community leaders with African Career, Education and Resource Inc (ACER) are mobilizing to make sure families in the northwest suburbs of Minneapolis — and nationwide — not only keep their immigration status but have a pathway to citizenship.

According to the Embassy of Liberia, 22,000 Liberians live in Minnesota, with the majority residing in Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center. Many of those residents rely on a little-known program called Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for the temporary immigration status that allows them to live and work in the United States. Each March that program comes up for a one-year renewal and, in 2017, ACER leaders knew the incoming Trump administration posed an imminent threat.