Policy

Our policy initiatives have been shaped from the ground up, including through our hotline and community education work. They respond directly to the 1996 immigration laws – and the mechanisms for enforcing those laws – that dramatically expanded grounds for removal for so-called “criminal aliens.” Our policy work promotes our core belief that immigrants are more than simply a sum of their past mistakes or convictions and should not face a double punishment of deportation when they have already “paid their dues” to society. We focus on training and partnering with advocates and directly-impacted communities to help them understand and respond to criminal-immigration issues. And together, we work to transform our criminal justice and immigration systems to stop the exile of immigrants with criminal histories from their families and communities.