The Immigration issue is a sensitive one and evokes strong sentiments from both sides of the political divide. However, however emotive an issue may be and how extreme political persuasions may be, no one is above the law and the Constitution of the people of the United States is supreme.
It is within the constitution that human rights are enshrined and the Constitution declares that all men are equal in law. The institutions provided by the Constitution are also guided by it although they maybe ran by politicians or appointed professionals.
People are susceptible to corruption but the Constitution is not. Government officials may be corrupted by personal opinions or personal interest and steer the public institutions they manage but they institutions cannot get corrupted.
In such cases, the people have to decry such unfortunate turn of events and defend those institutions. Immigrants have rights too, whether documented or not. They should neither be discriminated against nor have their rights abused. Unfortunately, biased officials running government functions oppress them and abuse their rights.
Fortunately, Americans often, adamantly, and come continuously decry such abuse. Some of the American groups and unions that continue to defend the Constitution and the rights of immigrants include:
- The Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights [CHIRLA]
It was founded to protest the Immigration Reform and Control Act [IRCA] in 1986 and has endured ever since because immigrants continue to face oppression that necessitates protesting.
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Immigrants’ rights project
The American Civil Liberties Union employs litigation as one of its major instruments in its work of protecting immigrants from abuse. It questions the legality of laws which provide for the breach of basic human rights of immigrants. Read more: Michael Larcey | Facebook and Phoenix New Time
It does so by using the closed fist approach. To humble arrogant and abrasive law enforcers who abuse the rights of immigrants and disregard their obligation to observe the law, the union funds civil law suits against them.
It also publishes information to prosecute oppressive laws, policies and law enforcers in the court of public opinion. The union also keeps tabs of the state of immigration affairs to discourage ignorance of the ongoing abuse
- The Amazon Watch
- Puente Arizona
The Puente Arizona also operates like the American Civil Liberties Union. It partners with other civil rights activists within Arizona like the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund.
- The Advocates for Human Rights
- The Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund
The Larkin and Frontera Fund perhaps has the most inspiring tale of beginning. Veteran journalist Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin decided to expose the oppressive and criminally negligent manner with which Sheriff Joe Arpaio treated immigrants whom he unjustly took into custody.
They suffered the same fate that critics of Joe Arpaio suffered, arbitrary arrest. However, they sued the Sheriff and accused him of all the breaches of the Constitution that he was used to committing.
They were awarded a settlement of 3.75 million dollars which they used to form and fund the Frontera Fund. The Frontera Fund has ever since been in the forefront of championing for the fair and just treatment of immigrants and Hispanics in Arizona.
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