Immigrant Rights

There is currently an immigration crisis in the United States. Immigrants are leaving many nations and seeking safety, economic opportunities, and refuge in America from war, violence, limited opportunities, and natural disasters. As a country largely built on immigration, we are at a crossroads and need a new pathway forward.

The current deterrence-based policy is not effective and detained immigrants often suffer under inhumane conditions that go against our values as a nation. The use of detention as an enforcement strategy has led to the prolonged incarceration of both lawful permanent residents and asylum seekers alike.1  Children have been separated from their parents, neglected, and “caged”. Many immigrants are locked in overcrowded and cold conditions. Their medical treatment is insufficient. They are subjected to physical, emotional, mental, verbal, and sexual abuse and hate-based invective.2 In addition, COVID 19 has had a devastating effect on detainees and as well as prisoners in other settings because of overcrowded conditions and substandard medical care.

The immigrant detainee system results from a set of immigration enforcement policies aimed at deterring undocumented immigration by incarceration, punishment, and criminalization. These immigration deterrence policies are supported by many in congress and are intended to send a clear message to unauthorized migrants. This system of deterrence is both legally and morally corrupt. Congress must develop humane means of enforcing our immigration policies.

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