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Survey: Rebuild U.S. Institutions for Fair Treatment of Black Americans and Black Immigrants

This summary about Black Americans and Black immigrants was featured in Documented’s Early Arrival newsletter. You can subscribe to receive it in your inbox three times per week here.

After George Floyd’s death, national protests and debate sparked political promises for racial equality in the U.S. But in the more than two years since, a survey of nearly 4,000 Black adults shows most don’t feel their situations have changed, and nearly half don’t feel equality for Black people in the U.S. is likely to be achieved.

The research, by Kiana Cox and Khadijah Edwards of the Pew Research Center, also shows that most respondents feel discrimination is the main reason many Black people — both U.S.-born and immigrants — cannot get ahead. 

Why it matters: The findings in the report may help immigration professionals and immigrants’ rights advocates when developing legal strategy for programs, or when organizing in partnership with communities. 

Allying with White people for support: Roughly eight-in-10 Black Americans and Black immigrants say White people would make good political allies for Black people. However, Black immigrants are more likely than Black U.S.-born people to say White people would be good political allies even if they don’t experience the same hardships.

Allying with Latinos for support: Roughly eight-in-ten Black Immigrants and Black Americans say Latinos would make good political allies. While Black Americans are evenly divided over whether Latinos need to experience the same hardships to be good allies, Black immigrants are less divided on this view.

Allying with Asian Americans for support: Nearly eight-in-ten Black immigrants say Asian Americans would make good political allies, compared with seven-in-ten Black Americans. Both groups are divided over whether Asian Americans need to have shared hardships with Black Americans to be good allies.

Views about the legacy of slavery: ​​Black adults do not differ by ethnicity or immigrant status in agreeing that the legacy of slavery affects Black people a great deal. That sentiment remains no matter what part of the country they are in.

Rebuilding the prison system: U.S.-born Black adults are about as likely as Black immigrants to say the prison system; policing; and the courts and judicial process needs to be rebuilt for Black people to be treated fairly.

Among the solutions identified in the report are: support for significant reforms to or complete overhauls of several U.S. institutions to ensure fair treatment. That includes the criminal justice system, political engagement through voting, support for Black businesses, and reparations in the forms of educational, business and homeownership assistance. Download the full 127-page report here or read it here.

STORIES WE ARE FOLLOWING 

New York

New York immigration advocates demand more support for Caribbean asylum seekers: The New York Immigration Coalition has been pressuring all levels of government to respond to the needs of newly arriving immigrants. — Jamaica Observer 

Around the U.S. 

Abortion misinformation surges in Latino communities: Anti-abortion campaigns reaching Latinos often revolve around false claims that abortion is now illegal across the U.S. and discredited statements that it can lead to infertility or breast cancer. — Axios

Hopes to abolish deportation following incarceration are withering as Biden admin. continues to snub reform: A recent TRAC report shows that over 3,000 immigrants are in removal proceedings because of criminal charges, and many of them were seized upon their release from prison. — Truthout

Visa options and immigration strategies for food and agribusiness industry: A recently updated guide shares immigration information affecting skilled workforces in food and agribusiness companies, as well as important compliance considerations. — JD Supra

Opinion: Even if every unemployed American found a job, 5.7 million jobs would be unfilled: America’s broken immigration system is keeping immigrant workers from filling many of these jobs. — The Hill

More than half of America’s billion-dollar startups have immigrant founders: A study from the National Foundation for American Policy shows that immigrants have fueled the rise in billion-dollar startups. — Inc.

Washington D.C.

New expert diagnosis saves immigrant from removal to El Salvador: An immigrant who feared being deported after being raped home is entitled to a new hearing to present a doctor’s diagnosis, a federal court said. — Bloomberg Law (Paywall)

Commentary— Trump immigration advisor misrepresented TPS policy change: Ken Cuccinelli referred to the policy as one that would provide wide-sweeping “amnesty” to “hundreds of thousands” of unauthorized immigrants. But this is not the case. — Niskanen Center

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