Anti-Immigrant Law and Policy
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, MIGRATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS
THE IMPACT OF ZERO TOLERANCE POLICIES
Under the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, asylum seekers must show that they have a well-founded fear of persecution due to their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group, and are unable or unwilling to seek protection from the authorities in their home country.
In 2018 Trump’s Zero Tolerance policies were implemented against migrants from Central America or Mexico seeking asylum in the U.S. at the border.
ACLU LAWSUIT TO END FORCED CHILD SEPARATIONS
In Ms. L. v. ICE (2018), the ACLU sued on behalf of a mother and her 7-year-old daughter who fled violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo and then were separated from each other pursuant to Trump’s Zero Tolerance Policy.
The mother was detained 2000 miles away from her child. A federal court agreed that Ms. L’s constitutional and due process rights had been violated.
The injunction was enforced nationwide. But, the Trump administration has continued to separate children and the ACLU continues to fight the practice.
Click here for updates on the ACLU’s Ms. L. lawsuit.
ICE HURTS FAMILIES
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Attorneys and translators: You can help with legal assistance being provided by organizations like RAICES or American Gateways to detained migrants. Lawyers can find volunteer opportunities through a Facebook Group: @Lawyersforgoodgovernment.
Donate money, clothing, toys, household goods to the shelters that help migrants and their families to rebuild their lives. DONATE TO MIGRANT RELIEF EFFORTS. Learn more about the Credible Fear Interview.