Aisatou Diallo


The United States is a nation with protected borders and in order to protect the immigration laws control who may or may not come into the country. One way this is done is been by excluding individuals who have been convicted of crimes involving moral turpitude. There is no single definition of what a crime involving moral turpitude is, but over time the types of crimes held to involve moral turpitude have expanded. This article describes how this expansion of the types of crimes that are categorized as crimes involving moral turpitude have had a drastic impact on black immigrants living in neighborhoods that are disproportionality policed. Specifically, this article explores the offense of fare evasion and how the disproportional policing of fare evasion in black neighborhoods can result in significant immigration consequences for black immigrants under the crime involving moral turpitude standard.