In the midst of Democrats and Republicans trying to get a “Deal” made before the next government shutdown, immigrants are worried, scared and stressed. Life is not what it used to be and many are afraid to walk the streets for fear of deportation. But what about those that were forced into this country for sex and labor? They too did not choose to be in that situation but somehow they got there. Now, I know that these are different arguments but the outcome is the same. Survivors of trafficking will get swept up in mass deportations and get treated like criminals. It doesn’t matter that they are here getting services, working with an immigration lawyer and are on the path to getting a T visa or a green card. They are seen as illegal, period....read more...
When you talk about gangs you also need to talk about human trafficking, whether they are outside crime organizations or local groups. Human trafficking is a lucrative business for all types of organized crime all over the world. The people they are selling are innocent victims, some trying to get work to support their family, others caught up in the sex trade through no fault of their own. This is a real concern. Survivors are just as fearful and stressed as all immigrants in this country are at this time. We need a clear, concise and fair immigration reform that helps, DREAMers, immigrants and survivors of human trafficking to help them on the road to citizenship if they choose to do so. They are just as hard working and entrepreneurial as anyone seeking to start over and create a new chapter of success in their lives. If they are given this opportunity they will not only have the chance to start over but to do it in a way where they can be self sustainable with no governmental help.
This is what our government should strive for, the self sustainability for all those that are here trying to have a future, not digging into their past to try and find a way to detain and deport them. Also, a twelve year pathway to citizenship is a bit excessive and time consuming. Forcing people to wait with uncertainty longer than they have to is just cruel. If they have already proven themselves they should not have to wait for a lengthy period to be granted citizenship. Torturing people because of childhood immigration or force, fraud and coercion is re-victimization and trauma induced. It will do nothing to help their mental state and put them in a place of desperation and total fear. This government has to do better, this not just about immigration, this is about human rights for all.
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