President Obama vowed to make immigration reform one of the chief priorities of his second term. Today, ColorOfChange launched a campaign to ensure that this reform includes a roadmap to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented Americans, and doesn't further fuel the rapid growth of the prison-industrial complex.
The Black community has a huge stake in shaping the immigration narrative. Although
Black immigrants constitute a small percentage of the U.S.
immigrant population, they are always in the top ten of most-deported
foreign nationals and have the highest per capita deportation level of
any other racial group. For Black immigrants, the harmful realities of xenophobia are compounded with the effects of racism and discrimination.
The "Gang of Eight" has an opportunity to write immigration reform that responds to the needs of everyone. Read the email we sent to our members after the jump, and join our campaign here. And when you do, be sure to pass it on to friends and family.More »
Last week, politicians on the far right were quick to question the Obama Administration's decision to offer relief to 800,000 undocumented youth. Rep. Allen West (R-FL) appeared on the Fox News program "American Newsroom" and asked, "Is this one of those backdoor opportunities to allow people in the next five months to get the opportunity to vote?" As we've told you, Gov. Rick Scott, also of Florida, is trying to purge 180,000 voters, 87% of whom are people of color.More »
UPDATE: (11/21/11) Check out this Colorlines article by Elon James White on black labor leaders and Alabama's immigration policy.
"They feel if these Hispanics come in and get registered to vote, they will team up with Black voters to take over Alabama politics."
That's how State Rep. Alvin Holmes, a senior Black member of Alabama's legislature responded recently to immigration law HB 56. Some have likened the new law to the type of codified racism that was common during the Jim Crow Era. With his recent statement, Holmes acknowledged Alabama's long history of racialized terror and its role in controlling the political landscape.More »