This morning, two buses filled with our members headed to Washington, DC. They joined thousands of immigrants and allies, ahead of the President’s State of the Union address, to demand President Biden take action on immigration, healthcare, and climate.
Tune in TODAY at 12 PM to our People’s State of the Union to hear from immigrant communities demanding bold action on immigration in President Biden’s State of the Union address.
Immigrant voters helped elect this administration, but the promises that they made to us haven’t been fulfilled. Among our demands for President Biden are:
- Fight harder for immigrants! Include a pathway to citizenship in the Build Back Better package, via reconciliation, through a registry update.
- Designate/re-designate TPS for Central American countries, Mexico, Mauritania, South Sudan, Cameroon, Nepal, and other countries where statutory requirements are met.
- End mass detention. Close 10 facilities with the worst human rights violations and commit to a robust review that favors release over transfers. End all private prison contracts and stop new detention contracts
As Black History Month comes to an end, we want to emphasize that immigration is a Black issue, and we must and will amplify the fights of Black immigrant communities all year long. Black immigrants face ongoing mistreatment and expulsion as they seek safety in this country. Asylum claims made by Black immigrants are less likely to be approved. Black immigrants are more likely to be detained than the immigrant population overall and their bonds are set significantly higher.
In addition to continuing to amplify our Black and Afro-Latinx membership as we fight these injustices, we invite you to get involved and support the efforts of Black-led organizations doing incredible work on the ground. Here’s a list of more organizations to follow:
- Haitian Bridge Alliance (@HaitianBridge)
- Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project (@OfficialBLMP)
Thank you so much for joining us in our demands to the Biden administration to deliver for ALL immigrant communities.
— Jose Lopez, Arlenis Morel, and Theo Oshiro, Co-Executive Directors