As a coalition we believe that the widespread detention and deportation of immigrants is linked to a history of exploitation marginalization and discrimination in the United States. People of color have been subject to numerous unjust, unequal and racist policies; immigration has been no different.
We understand and acknowledge the root causes of migration to the U.S., which include: economic, trade and development policies that create an unjust international economic system that deprives people of the ability to earn a living and raise their families in their own home countries. Through international trade, lending, aid and investment policies, the United States government and corporations are the main promoters and beneficiaries of this unjust economic
system, creating widespread displacement of communities who then face
restrictive and exploitative immigration policies.
We are aware of the devastating impacts of increased collaboration between the police and federal agencies including the Department of Homeland Security
(DHS), Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the FBI, to detect and
deport loved ones from our communities, while using the criminal justice system
to funnel people into the detention and deportation system. In the process, our
communities face the severe consequences of racial profiling, and other human
and civil rights violations.
We recognize and understand that:
- Immigrants are integral, valuable, contributing members of our communities.
- Immigration policy should respect and uphold every person’s humanity and human rights, regardless of their immigration status.
- The growing detention and deportation system that criminalizes our communities is a systemic issue that affects different communities in particular ways, and we recognize the need for building and strengthening alliances with criminal justice advocates and organizers, and with the civil rights community.