Criminalization

Long line of cars wait on a road under a large sign above that reads, Welcome to the United States.

Advocates Sue Trump Administration Over Rule Targeting Immigrants of Color

“This rule change is a direct attack on communities of color and their families, and furthers this administration’s desire to make this country work primarily for the wealthy and White.”

Viveik Kalra. Brown boy smiles with a Bruce Springsteen poster in the background.

In 'Blinded By The Light,' A Brown Immigrant Finds Himself in the Music of the Boss

Deepa Iyer writes about her personal connection to the immigrant story at the center of the new Bruce Springsteen-loving film.

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D.C. Officials Oppose Plan to Shelter Migrant Children in Nation's Capital

Mayor Muriel E. Bowser: “Washington, D.C. will not be complicit in the inhumane practice of detaining migrant children in warehouses.”

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How Can Rethinking Policing Reverse the Mass Incarceration Epidemic?

A new report from the Vera Institute of Justice breaks down how a single negative interaction with a police officer can alter a life forever—and how a shift in how the nation approaches justice can prevent the criminalization of people of color.

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George Takei: 'We've Reached A New, Grotesque Low'

The activist and actor—whose new television show is set in a WWII-era Japanese-American community—says the horror of America’s immigration policy is ongoing.

Protestors hold black and white sign that reads "Abolish ICE."

Trump Administration Policy Change Privileges Wealthy Immigrants

“With one regulation, they are attempting to scratch two itches: one is penalizing immigrants for using public benefits that they are legally entitled to, and the other is cutting legal immigration in half.”

A Black man wearing a t-shirt that says "Ferguson is everywhere" protests at night.

Message From the Ferguson Grassroots, 5 Years After Michael Brown's Death

Five years after the Michael Brown Rebellion, key activists and organizers weigh in on the impact of their local movement. 

Woman with dark hair holds protest sign against ICE that reads, "ICE: Inhuman, callous, evil."

Experts Concerned About Children Following Mississippi ICE Raid

“The trauma these students are enduring is inconceivable. The effect the raids will have on their long-term mental and emotional health is profound.”

Melissa McKinnies and Danye Jones. Black woman and Black boy sit next to each other and smile.

Activist Melissa McKinnies on the Mike Brown Rebellion—And the Lynching of Her Son Danye

Melissa McKinnies was a Ferguson uprising fixture. It’s for this reason that the St. Louis mother believes that one of her sons was lynched in their backyard. Here are her words.

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Missing Mike-Mike: Michael Brown Sr. Reflects on the 5 Years Since His Son Became a Political Symbol

Before Michael Brown Jr. became an international symbol of racialized police violence, he was an 18-year-old who cracked jokes, made music and planned for his future. Here, a deeply personal reflection by his dad on the fifth anniversary of his killing.

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It's Still Dangerous to Drive While Black in Ferguson

Black drivers in Missouri continue to be stopped by police at a much higher rate than White drivers.

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Trump Links Call for Background Checks With Immigration Reform in Wake of Mass Shootings

The president took to Twitter to suggest “marrying” the two unrelated and politically divisive issues.

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New York Becomes the 15th State to Decriminalize Marijuana

The new law is designed to issue fines instead of jail time and to create a path for people to expunge possession convictions from their records. 

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WATCH: Doc Explores How Criminal Justice System Fails People With Mental Illnesses

“Forty hours of mental health training in a police academy that’s seven-and-a-half months long isn’t long enough.”

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Frantz Fanon's Daughter to Michigan Prisons: Take 'Black Skin, White Masks' Off the Banned Book List

The Michigan state prison system has banned Frantz Fanon’s seminal race theory book “Black Skin, White Masks” from its libraries. Here’s how legal experts and his daughter, Mireille Fanon-Mendès, are fighting to get the classic back into prisoners’ hands. 

group of people stand in single-file line as they board a green and white border patrol van.

Homeland Security Expands Fast-Track Deportation Policy

The Trump administration can now deport migrants of undocumented status without giving them an opportunity to appear in court.

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Private Prisons Ask ICE to Pay Multi-Million Dollar Human Trafficking Lawsuit Costs

Private immigration detention center operator GEO Group faces lawsuits alleging human rights violations.

A young boy with brown hair wears an emotional expression as he sits on a a concrete platform and hugs his father.

Immigrant Rights Advocates Call Trump's New Asylum Restrictions 'Most Egregious' to Date

Representative Bennie Thompson called the new government regulation “xenophobic and racist.”

Man stands with his hands behind his head and his back to an officer who is searching him. The man's small son stands in front of him.

Families Fear for Future as ICE Conducts Raids

President Donald Trump warned of upcoming mass deportations of “millions” of immigrants of undocumented status.

A protestor holds up a yellow sign captioned "End the Raids! End the deportations."

Tools of War: Share This List Before the ICE Raids Start

Starting on Sunday, Homeland Security will begin raiding the homes and workplaces of some 2,000 people who remain in the country despite deportation orders. Here, tools for making it through.