Migrants are the people living outside of the country of birth. The migrant community, all over the world, is prone to human rights abuses. Migrant workers especially the most disadvantaged group. They are prone to terrible working conditions, unlike the native workers.
With the violation of human rights that is recorded in the world today to the migrant communities, human rights groups such as Human Rights’ Watch have been keen to monitor the situation in the world to ensure that the practice is curbed.
Many migrants escape their countries of origin due to conflicts, violence, and poverty, environmental disasters among other reasons some personalized. However, even with this situation, the dignity of human beings needs to be retained at all cost.
There should be no reason to discriminate someone on the basis of their citizenship status. A migrant enjoys the same rights as a citizen of a country.
In the United States, the issue of immigration has been a topic that evokes varied opinions. The United States remains the country with the highest number of immigrants in the world. Most immigrants move to the country in such of well-paying jobs. Others move for varied reasons such as sports, or asylum seeking. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co and Jim Larkin | LinkedIn
This high number of immigrants have prompted the state to institute measure to hinder people from accessing the country. However, in the process of curtailing the movement into the country, many people are denied their basic rights. Detention and deportation become major issues that need to be addressed.
With human rights violations becoming a concern, human rights groups come in to stop the execution of any laws that deny immigrants their human rights. Some of the active groups in the United States include:
ACLU of Arizona
This is an organization that was formed in 1959. The organization has over the years successfully challenged laws that were discriminatory to the minorities. In one of its early achievements, the organization managed to overturn a law that had banned multi-racial marriage in the United States.
ACLU of Arizona group has defended the rights of immigrants in Arizona vehemently. In another case, the organization was able to achieve to overturn a law that declared immigrants illegal in the state. The group is involved in other litigation cases. They have privately taken notorious law enforcers to court with the charge of violating rights of detainees.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
This is an organization that funds other migrants’ rights groups in Arizona. The group is headed by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin who are the co-founders of the group. The two are journalists and have spent most of their time in the media highlighting cases of human rights violations.
The group was started with money from the state. Michael and Jim were awarded $3.75 million by a court in the U.S.A for an unfair decision made by a grand jury to imprison them.