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Human Rights Advocacy Groups Expresses their Discontentment to the New Anti-immigration Bills

Human rights advocacy groups helps to preserve the civil, human and immigrants’ rights across the Nation. These groups stand up against the opposition to ensure they defend the rights of the helpless in the society.

They are thus the voice of the voiceless. Every human being, regardless of their origin, gender or status, deserves to be treated fairly and in humane manner. It is in light with this that civil rights groups in U.S. have stood up to air their discontentment with the new house immigration actions that infringes on civil, human and immigrant rights.

Recently, the U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte introduced a number of anti-immigrant bills for voting. The set of bills introduced by Bob are the latest in a series of bills that portray a clear anti-immigrant strategy by the country’s administration.

H.R 3003 authorizes the Federal Government to withhold millions of dollars that are advanced to localities with inadequate detainer policies, reserve city policies, and community trust policies that are aimed at complying with the country’s constitution and keeping our communities safer.

The second bill H.R. 3004 seeks to expand that ability of the Federal Government to prosecute individuals who enter into the U.S. illegally, excluding humanitarian exemptions for individuals fleeing violence.

These bills are infringing on the civil, human and immigrant rights in various ways. Firstly, the Federal government will slash funding for Legal Service Corporation (LSC). LSC is a nationwide network of lawyers who provide critical legal assistance to the underprivileged individuals.

It is clear that more than two thirds of those who require legal assistance in U.S. are women, many of who are victims of domestic violence. Therefore, by curtailing their access to justice will expose the domestic violence victims to intense mental suffering, physical trauma and the general impoverishment that results when they lack financial support to break ties with their abusers and find means to stand on their feet. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737

According to report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, bulk of the legal-service cases handled in the country are from the family court. The report also indicates that a huge number of the cases supported by LSC Lawyers are related to domestic, child custody and divorce issues.

The passage of the two anti-immigration bills would increase indiscriminate enforcement and further criminalization of the immigrants and instill more fear to the already fear-stricken communities. Read more: Phoenix New Time and Michael Larcey | Twitter

It is estimated that at least 40% of all immigrants coming to U.S. originate from Asia and close to two million of those immigrants are undocumented. Anti-immigrant policies cause unprecedented fear and create a hostile environment for immigrants to live in.

There is absolute evidence that community trust and sanctuary policies helps to make our communities better. As it is likely to be witnessed, enforcing immigrant laws escalates racial profiling and lack of trust of law execution by communities of color.

Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund

Larkin and Lacey are two media personalities who have been on the forefront to advocate for civil, human and immigrant rights. The co-founders of Phoenix New Times & Village Voice Media have directed the settlement money received from a court battle in which they were taken from their homes in the middle of the night by Sherrif Joe Arpaio.

The two were arrested regarding the material they had about proceedings from a grand jury that was hearing a case against the Sheriff. Larkin and Lacey sued the county and they were awarded $3.75 million settlement which they are now using to fund groups that advocate for human, civil and immigrant rights in Arizona and beyond.