Black Alliance for Just Immigration Fears for Political Animosity Towards Black Immigrants, Reported by ESSENCE

Posted on October 11, 2018

DACA And Black Americans: An Immigration Nightmare

Originally Published in ESSENCE on October 9, 2018
Written by Donna M. Owens

Repealing DACA is just one of a series of immigration policies under Trump’s presidency that have sparked fear and outrage. Others include a ban on travel from several Muslim-majority countries and a “zero tolerance” ruling that resulted in some 2,300 children being forcibly separated from parents seeking asylum at the southern U.S. border.

“As the daughter of Nigerian immigrants and someone who’s worked in immigrant communities for more than a decade, I’ve never been more concerned about the safety and dignity of our communities,” says Opal Tometi, a cofounder of Black Lives Matter and now executive director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration.

Fortunately, public opinion is evolving, in part because of the troubling fallout of recent policies. A June 2018 survey by the Pew Research Center found that 74 percent of Americans favor granting legal status to immigrants who entered illegally as children, while 60 percent oppose the wall Trump wants to build along the U.S.–Mexico border, which he has claimed will help eradicate criminal elements, drugs and terrorism. The survey also revealed that a majority of Americans are unaware that most immigrants in the U.S. are here legally. Even so, most poll respondents did not believe that undocumented people take jobs that citizens want or that they are more likely to commit serious crimes.

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