The Impact of America’s Broken Immigration System
The Biden Administration’s announcement of a series of immigration executive actions including a pause on certain deportations, represents an important step toward repairing the damage, chaos and cruelty done over the last four years under President Donald Trump.
We have an enormous opportunity to build a humane, commonsense approach to immigration that keeps families safe and together – beyond merely undoing the terrible harms visited on immigrant families and communities who were relentlessly targeted by the Trump Administration using our all-too-easily weaponized immigration system.
The new Administration must be vigilant in ensuring that long overdue efforts to tackle the harmful and racially disparate impacts of the American criminal justice system are extended to the immigration system, where too often damaging criminal justice policies have been reinforced and reproduced.
The pause on removals provides an opportunity to reset immigration enforcement, and establish new enforcement priorities that will keep families and communities safe and together, and align with our values.
Below is a small sample of the people who have been arrested, jailed, are in deportation proceedings, or who have been deported as a result of the Trump Administration weaponizing the United States broken immigration system.