The double-bind of being Black and an immigrant in working-class predominantly Black neighborhoods places you at an added risk of being churned through both the criminal and immigration court system without much of an escape route. Despite this, immigrants continue to fight for the future they believe Blacks in America deserve.
Growing up black and undocumented in a heavily policed neighborhood is often a ticket to the prison-to-deportation pipeline.
Originally published for VerySmartBrothas ‘ America In Black Series. I often jokingly tell people that I grew up in a household made up of three (occasionally four, depending on what station in life my father was in at the time) distinct American dreams—one for each flag or passport represented: Comoros, Canada and the United States. […]