The U.S. criminal legal and immigration enforcement regimes are systems of punishment that feed off each other to target low-income and working class BIPOC (Black, indigenous, and people of color) and immigrant communities.
Racist, targeted policing of BIPOC communities ensnares people into a criminal legal system that cooperates with ICE to feed immigrants into the deportation machine. An arrest or a plea to a criminal charge puts people’s immigration status in jeopardy, and ICE agents often disguise themselves as local police to trick immigrants into allowing ICE inside their homes so they can make an arrest.
While millions of lives are upended by policing, prosecution, and incarceration, immigrants who come into contact with the criminal legal system face additional consequences, including detention and deportation.
BCBF fights to dismantle the oppressive and interconnected criminal legal and immigration systems through public education and advocacy initiatives aimed at achieving lasting, transformative change.