350 community organizations have signed a petition opposing the recently passed HR3697nalso referred to as the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act.
The definition accorded to a criminal gang is an association that has committed one of the following offenses; obstructing justice, drug offenses, assisting undocumented immigrants, violent crimes and other violations as enshrined in the USA laws. Analysts say the bill targets asylum seekers, refugees, and other immigrants and will infringe their human and civil rights.
Further, an immigrant linked to a gang to a gang either by suspicion or association is at risk of from the states. The bill goes against the international laws with the introduction of non-bond arbitrary detentions that are mandatory.
The conflict between state and international laws often arise primarily in cases where immigrants are involved. Above all, international laws call for equal freedoms and rights for all regardless of their nationality.
Some countries have embraced these laws while others are still trying to work around it. Oversight bodies and groups lead the advocacy for civic and human rights for members. The United Nations Human Rights Council provides a basis for UN member state on human rights-related matters.
The international body addresses key areas in human rights including the freedom of expression, association, and assembly, women rights, child rights, minority rights among others. The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) purposes to defend all immigrants and refugees despite the immigration status.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera fund is among the human right watch bodies against the passing of the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act. The Arizona based organization formed by media executives and activists Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin.
While working at living in Arizona, Jim and Lacey witness the challenges faced by the minorities in the state especially the Latino. Through an article published by the Phoenix time, the two highlighted the misconducts of the Maricopa County Sheriffs among them the unlawful detainment of Latinos in the jails.
The report also highlighted abuse of power, the devastating state of the county prisons and death cases in the prisons. They were detained and released after public outcry. Jim and Mike sued the Sherriff’s office and received a compensation of 3.7 million. All the money went to the Lacey and Larkin Frontera foundation.
Through partnerships with other organizations, the Lacey and Larkin Frontera funds actively advocated for human, civil and migrant rights. It partners with faith-based non-profit, No More Deaths that works towards alleviating immigrant suffering by providing shelter, medical care, water, food and other supplies.
They non-profit also document reports on abuse of migrants by American Authorities and helps deported migrants recover properties lost during detentions and arrests.
The government’s efforts to curb crime is appreciated, but intentional profiling goes against human, civil and migrant rights.
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