Immigrant Civil Rights By: Armin Weiss

Over the years, legal and illegal immigrants have been abused by native citizens and been exploited by the government. Immigrants do not have equal rights to native citizens. As the American Civil Rights Union (ACLU) said, “In recent years US Immigration and ICE has detained and deported record numbers of people from the United States.” (ACLU). It can be inferred that most of the people deported were illegal immigrants, however, lots of illegal immigrants are already citizens of the United States and contribute to the country in many ways. Also, most illegal immigrants are illegal because their country is in chaos and their money has been stolen by the government. Instead of deporting them, America should receive them with open hands. When the ACLU talked about Donald Trump’s travel ban, they found out that “Two courts found that yes, it was a Muslim ban all along.” (ACLU). It can be understood that there is discrimination everywhere in the country and that is a huge cause of why immigrants do not receive the same civil rights as native citizens. It has been confirmed that Donald Trump did the travel ban because of his prejudice towards muslims and immigrants in general. Immigrant Civil Rights is a big Civil Rights issue and the world should be more concerned about it as people are more concerned in African American Civil Rights and Women Civil Rights at the moment.

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One of the reasons Immigrants do not receive equal Civil Rights to native citizens is that they are deported and detained. The Constitution declares this unconstitutional but it is not really enforced. A website called Trofire said that “All persons within the territory of the United States are entitled to the protection guaranteed by those amendments, and that even aliens shall not [......] be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law.” (Trofire). The Constitutional Amendments make deportation and detainment unconstitutional, however, it does not say that in a literal way so many people who have a strict interpretation of the Constitution do not believe so. The Trofire website also said that “The Fourteenth Amendment applied to all people within the jurisdiction of the United States, not just the citizens.” (Trofire). This clearly shows that all illegal immigrants, refugees and immigrants in general are protected by the Constitution, however, nobody respects that. This is why Immigrant Civil Rights should be an issue people are concerned about. This Civil Rights Issue can be related to the Civil Rights Movement where African Americans looked for Civil Rights. Like Immigrants, many African Americans were detained or abused in the South or sometimes some groups like the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) abused and killed them. African Americans and Immigrants were and are segregated from society sometimes as the African Americans were in the Civil Rights Movement, where they went to black schools, black buses and others. Even though it’s less notable, Immigrants are also segregated sometimes as the different types of quarters are evidence of. There are Asian Quarters, Latino Quarters and others. This is why the Immigrant Civil Rights issue can be compared to the Civil Rights Movement.

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Another reason Immigrants do not receive equal Civil Rights to native citizens is because Immigrants are not treated equally, are given less pay and privileges, and they have to work harder than the average American for everything they do. This is because of the ethical barrier and stereotypes that some immigrants receive. Valley Central said that “Construction jobs around the country, after immigrating from Mexico it was the only job he could get to put food on the table and a roof over his family’s head.” (Valleycentral). It can be understood that poor immigrants who are pursuing the American Dream receive minimum wage jobs in which they have to work very hard to keep their family alive and cannot get any other jobs because of their “illegal” status or their race. This can be compared to African Americans in the Civil Rights Movement because of a statistic which said that over the years, African Americans have received the least wage, Hispanics the second lowest wage, while whites and Asians received the best wage. The groups with the least wage are the groups which receive the most prejudice and a lack of civil rights. Immigrants have a lack of civil rights because of that.

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People can help improve the Immigrant Civil Rights issue by joining groups or societies that help the cause and if not, just help them in some things. One of these groups is the ACLU. “The ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project is dedicated to expanding and enforcing the civil liberties and civil rights of immigrants.” (ACLU). It can be inferred that the ACLU wants equal rights for Immigrants and wants Civil Rights for them. This can be compared to the groups that helped African Americans out during the Civil Rights Movement. These groups were the “NAACP, SCLC, CORE, SNCC, NUL, etc.” (History.com). From this, it can be understood that both now and during the Civil Rights Movement there were groups in need of help which lead to the creation of other groups and societies which helped them out in their charge to achieve equal Civil Rights. This is how people can help improve the current Immigrant Civil Rights issue.

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Works Cited

  1. "American Civil Liberties Union." American Civil Liberties Union. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2017. <https://www.aclu.org/>.
  2. Gay, Josh, and Scott Millican. "Trump's Deportation Plan Is Unconstitutional and Will Fail Miserably." The Ring of Fire Network. N.p., 22 Mar. 2017. Web. 23 Mar. 2017. <https://trofire.com/2017/02/23/trumps-deportation-plan-unconstitutional-will-fail-miserably/>.
  3. Group, Sinclair Broadcast. "Search." KGBT. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2017. <http://valleycentral.com/search?find=immigrant%2Brights>.
  4. History.com Staff. "Civil Rights Movement." History.com. A&E Television Networks, 2009. Web. 23 Mar. 2017. <http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/civil-rights-movement>.

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