A Sneak Peek at ‘The State of Black Immigrants in the U.S.’ (Spoiler Alert – It Isn’t Good)
Post by Carl Lipscombe, BAJI Legal and Policy Manager
(This blog is adapted from a forthcoming report by Black Alliance for Just Immigration & New York University School of Law Immigrants Rights Clinic entitled, ‘The State of Black Immigrants’)
In an era where Black Lives Matter and #Not1More have become rallying cries for racial justice and immigrants’ rights activists, it’s important that we uplift the common challenges that cross both movements – mass incarceration, policing, immigrant detention, deportations, deprivation of civil rights and civil liberties, economic inequality, inadequate healthcare and education access, and the destruction of families and communities. These problems are prevalent in all poor communities of color in the United States. But unlike Black Americans and immigrants of other backgrounds, Black immigrants – immigrants originating largely from Africa, the Caribbean, and South and Central America – face the aforementioned challenges in ways that are unique and consequential.
For over a decade, the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) has sought to raise public awareness around issues impacting Black immigrants through education, advocacy, grassroots organizing, and storytelling. Despite our successes, which include consolidating Black immigrant power and mobilizing the Black diaspora around the human rights issues that transcend our communities, Black Americans and Black immigrants remain at the margins of society.