Human Rights Watch 2018 Report highlights serious negative developments on human rights under the administration of Donald Trump:
“Trump has targeted refugees and immigrants, calling them criminals and security threats; emboldened racist politics by equivocating on white nationalism; and consistently championed anti-Muslim ideas and policies. His administration has embraced policies that will roll back access to reproductive health care for women; championed health insurance changes that would leave many more Americans without access to affordable health care; and undermined police accountability for abuse. Trump has also expressed disdain for independent media and for federal courts that have blocked some of his actions. And he has repeatedly coddled autocratic leaders and showed little interest or leadership in pressing for the respect of human rights abroad. The individuals most likely to suffer abuse in the United States—including members of racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, children, the poor, and prisoners—are often least able to defend their rights in court or via the political process. Many vulnerable groups endured renewed attacks on their rights during the year. Other longstanding US laws and practices—particularly related to criminal and juvenile justice, immigration, and national security—continued to violate internationally recognized human rights.”
Policy recommendations from BNHR’s (Border Network for Human Rights) on immigration policy:
(1) Focus on the real criminals (traffickers, smugglers) not on non-threatening immigrants or asylum seekers.
(2) Improve the training of human rights sensitivity for agency officials, focusing also on eliminating racial profiling.
(3) Halt the construction of the border wall, which is both not cost effective and ineffective at keeping individuals from crossing the border;
(4) STOP the deputizing of local police officers to serve as ICE enforcers.
(5) Eliminate the militarized enforcement of civilian law.
Walser, Ray and Jessica Zuckerman.“U.S.-Mexico Border: Tighter Border Security Requires Mexico’s Cooperation”. (The Heritage Foundation 2/20/2013)