State-sanctioned torture is not just a US export; it's part of a long history of domestic terrorism. We must connect the dots between the same lawlessness and culture that subjects foreign nationals to brutal violence, and provides immunity for killer cops at home.
Immigration advocates need to speak out and work to replace the dominant narrative around "border security" and "law and order" with a proactive, values-based story about what kind of communities we all want to live in. We need better, commonsense border policies that uphold our values and move everyone forward - not political rhetoric.
Those who check the box on college applications at more than 500 universities asking about their criminal past can face obstacle after obstacle gaining a higher education. In New York, students who have had to check the box are organizing to ban it.