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Human Rights Watch Calls Out U.S. Immigration Practices – Calls For Immediate Reform

hands2.jpgImmigration reform is an issue which has human rights written all over it. Far from simply being a matter of whether or not to deport people who have entered into the country illegally, immigration reform is about how to correct the nation’s immigration mistakes without destroying lives and families in the process. Many experts believe that a resolution to the nation’s immigration issues are long overdue, and cannot wait any longer. For example, prominent human rights advocates, Human Rights Watch, has called on federal lawmakers to work together in 2014 to find a solution to the nation’s immigration issues.

Calling on politicians to use the goodwill they built during end-of-year budget negotiations in 2013, Human Rights Watch has called on lawmakers to work together in 2014 in order to pass an immigration reform package. But one of the group’s primary objectives, a path to U.S. citizenship for undocumented immigrants, seems to be a real nonstarter for many congress people. Referring primarily to those in the Republican controlled House of Representatives, any legislation which features a path to citizenship is likely to face a stiff approval process.

Human Rights Watch issued the call as part of its annual World Report. In the report the group complained that, despite the fact that individual states within the United States have the right to establish their own immigration and deportation policies and procedures, many states in the U.S. do not comply with international law in the implementation of said policies and procedures. The group claimed that immigrants are subject to arbitrary detention, and that their rights to proportional sanctions and freedom from persecution are regularly violated. The foundation goes on to note that the United States is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Refugee Convention, and that such actions are in violation of these treaties.

Though there is wide acknowledgement among people of all political persuasions that something needs to be done on immigration reform, an exact solution has proven elusive. Due to the complicated status of U.S. immigration law, it is advisable that all immigrants and prospective immigrants have access to a qualified immigration attorney. To contact the Austin immigration law firm, Lyttle Law Firm, call us now at 512-215-5225 or visit our website.