“Lifting Up the Voices of Black Immigrants”
An estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants call America home. 575,000 of them are Black. Black immigrants much like African Americans are disproportionately targeted by the criminal justice system, which often leads to deportation and detention. Consequently, although Black immigrants only represent 5 percent of the undocumented population in the United States, they represent more than 20 percent of immigrants facing detention and deportation on criminal grounds. From the institution of slavery to today’s institutions – the criminal justice, juvenile justice, and child welfare systems – African Americans know all too well the pain of the forced separation of our families. This tragic history unites African Americans with Black, Latino and other immigrant communities. The CBC Immigration Reform Working Group is committed to fixing our broken immigration system by codifying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, extending the Temporary Protected Status of countries that continue to face conflicts and disasters, and advocating for other measures.
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