Who is an American? Race Forward believes that the the answer should not be an “accident of birth” but a reflection reality. Millions of immigrants make this country their home, contribute to it's wellbeing— it's political, social and civic fabric. However, our policies work to criminalize and demonize immigrant communities, separate families and exploit labor. To build a United States that values all Americans, we need immigration laws that protect people rather than attack them.


Butterfly Lab Reports

February 21, 2023
Illustration of hands reaching up to starry sky, text: A Future for All of Us.

Impact report and step-by-step toolkit for narrative change, messaging and strategic comms for social justice movements. Includes worksheets and learnings from the immigrant movement.

Shattered Families

November 2, 2011
Silhouette of parent and two children, an arrow pointing to family with parent labeled “deported” and children labeled “foster care.”

Revisit Race Forward's groundbreaking national research on the perilous intersection of immigration enforcement and the child welfare system, which is resulting in the separation of thousands of families across the U.S. — in many cases, permanent separation.

The New Culture War

July 24, 2006
In the ongoing battle over immigration, conservative rhetoric continues to escalate. It's racist, and it gets results.  Here, then, are the six racist myths driving the immigration debate, dispelled.  

The Price of the Ticket

May 2, 2006

There is little question that the current immigration debate, though coded and contrived otherwise, is entirely about race.