For Immediate Release

July 1, 2021

[Nationwide] - On Thursday, July 1st the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) will host a press conference announcing the launch of Until We're Free. The table of frontline organizations and advocates is uniting to push back against the Biden administration's racist and punitive immigration policies that criminalize Black immigrants and continue to devastate our communities.

The table will offer humane and inclusive immigration policies that are grounded in anti-racism ensuring that all immigrants are protected. The table, convened by BAJI, includes a diverse group of racial justice and immigrant rights leaders: Advancement Project | National Office, Alianza Americas, Black Immigrant Collective, Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, Center for Constitutional Rights, Immigrant Justice Corps, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, and VERA Institute.

Nana Gymafi, Executive Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration:"It is high time that the Biden administration is confronted regarding its anti Black immigration policies, policies that have been enshrined in this country's DNA long before we got here as Black immigrants. This administration has claimed to advance racial equity but has promoted racist and classist policies. Beyond lip service, the immigrant rights movement has been unwilling to address the anti Blackness rife in immigration policy."

Carl Hamad-Lipscombe, Incoming Executive Director, Brooklyn Community Bail Fund: "We know from our experience working with thousands of detained immigrants and other directly impacted community members that paying bond alone isn't enough to guarantee freedom for all. The path to freedom and racial justice also requires dismantling the policies and systems that overwhelmingly target, criminalize, and punish Black and brown immigrants. The White House and Congress must join us to create change that centers human dignity and the demands of Black communities to build a future where we're all free."

Sirine Shebaya, Executive Director, National Immigration Project: "We are proud to be a part of the Until We're Free table where we can support the much-needed leadership of BAJI and other Black-led organizations. For real, transformational change, we know that incremental changes around the edges are not enough—they will only perpetuate the racism and anti-Blackness inherent in the immigration system. To protect our communities and help them thrive, the Biden administration must stop importing the racism and biases endemic to the criminal system into the immigration system, and must instead create policies that exemplify values of humanity, compassion, and second chances."

Judith Browne Dianis, Executive Director, Advancement Project National Office: "We are honored to be part of the Until We're Free table. There is a need to recognize and take action to address the particularized ways in which Black immigrants are impacted by immigration policies. Black immigrants are criminalized not only by a broken, racist immigration system but also by racist policing. This system of double jeopardy for Black immigrants must be dismantled so that they may be free and safe. The Biden Administration's commitment to racial equity must extend to immigration policies and center Black immigrants who are too often forgotten. Immigration policies in this country have always been undergirded by white supremacy and now's the time to stop centuries of racist policies by committing to honor the humanity and dignity of our immigrant sisters and brothers."

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