Immigration detention and mass incarceration share a lot in common, argues Bob Libal. Both often start with a crackdown on petty crimes in communities of color and benefit the same private prison companies, he says. Many people when they leave prison feel as though they’re undocumented: They lose some of the rights of citizenship and struggle to find jobs and housing.
Grassroots Leadership, the advocacy group Mr. Libal leads, takes on the two hot-button subjects together. 'We believe that there’s more power when the communities that are impacted by these issues come together and fight alongside of each other.'"