Despite Trump’s administration rhetoric, which mainly attributes the problems of the country to immigrants trying to cross the border – immigrants have been seen to contribute socially and economically to the progress of the nation. And the unparalleled attacks by cruel detention and deportations of immigrants in the past two years have not guaranteed a safe or stable nation. Instead, chaos in communities, racism, and fear-mongering anti-immigrant agenda is being pronounced due to these practices.
High contrast to the words of the state of the union is seen in reality; that undocumented and documented immigrants also contribute vastly to the society and as such serious consequences will be faced during their absence. Immigrants had in 2014 alone added $224 billion in tax to the federal level and $105 billion for both state and local tax.
However, legal aid programs, supported by state and local government, have started all around the country. This program helps protect immigrants from being deported.
A dent has been made by groups in Pennsylvania, Oregon, New York, New Jersey, Washington, and Minnesota. And as Trump’s administration pushes hard for border wall and to see that more immigrants are deported, there’s a need to have more groups in order to safeguard the rights of millions who are living in the US as well as others seeking safety.
A common misunderstanding is that undocumented immigrants are only those liable to face deportation; however, the fact is non-citizens, refugees, green-card holder and those who entered legally can also be deported.
Although deportation often brings life-or-death stakes, under no constitutional guarantee can a person who cannot hire a lawyer be represented in immigration court. To this end, about 70% of detained immigrants are faced with the possibility of permanent separation from their families while trying to navigate the bottlenecks of the immigration law on their own. Several persons have valid claims to remain in the country, but the means to articulate them is not feasible.
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