A mother screams for help as her son is dragged towards an unmarked car by men who refuse to identify themselves. A child goes to bed every night wondering if her father will be there when she wakes up. A family fights to be together as their loved one is repeatedly, arbitrarily jailed and threatened with deportation decades after he’s served his time in the criminal legal system.
These stories are all too common. Every year, the U.S. immigration system tears thousands of immigrants with convictions from their homes, their families, and their communities. In 2018, ICE deported over 250,000 community members, and currently detains approximately 49,000 individuals. This number has skyrocketed in recent years, as the war on immigrants has escalated to new heights through campaigns driven by fear, hatred, racism, and lies.