While the press covers deplorable conditions and treatment at detention centers along the US-Mexico border, currently, the pleas for help from 3,000 African migrants and asylum seekers at the Mexico-Guatemala border go largely ignored.
This week, US Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) resourced millions of dollars to carry out Trump Administration’s, largest, single-state immigration sweep of undocumented migrants at several Mississippi chicken processing plants.
July 1596. In Peter Fryer’s book Staying Power,Britain’s Queen Elizabeth I sends correspondence to the Lord Mayor of London and other aldermen with the explicit suggestion “… that those kinde of people should be sent forth of the lande…”
The experiences and voices of Black immigrants from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, are largely invisible in the current tumultuous immigration climate of the US. Several key organizations work to fill in erasure by offering services that grant migrants a fighting chance amidst criminalization.