Defending and advancing immigrants' human rights
Immigrants' Rights are Human Rights
All immigrants, irrespective of their legal status, have human rights. While states have the right to regulate the entry and stay of non-nationals in their territory, they can only do so within the limits of their human rights obligations. The U.S. government must ensure that its laws, policies and practices do not lead to abuse of immigrants' human rights.
Amnesty International USA's Immigrants' Rights are Human Rights Campaign works for changes at state and national level to ensure that the human rights of immigrants in the United States are respected, protected and fulfilled. In the coming year, AIUSA will campaign on a range of crucial immigrants' human rights issues at the state and federal level.
This campaign's goals include:
Support the Dream Act
AIUSA is seeking House & Senate co-sponsors for the federal DREAM Act, which provides an opportunity to gain legal status for undocumented students who entered the country before the age of 15, have been physically present in the United States for at least five years, graduate from high school, and/or complete at least two years of college or military service. The DREAM Act will take an important step towards ensuring respect for the human rights of young undocumented immigrants. Learn more and Take Action.
Fight Anti-Immigrant State Ballot Initiatives
In November 2012, Maryland will vote on whether to overturn a 2011 state law allowing undocumented Maryland students to quality for in-state tuition at colleges and universities. Human rights standards, including the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, bar discrimination in access to higher education on the basis of national origin. AIUSA will be fighting for immigrants' right to education. Also in November, Montana will vote on a legislative referendum that would require proof of legal residency for anyone seeking state services – including services for victims of crime, services for the physically disabled, and enrollment in a public university. If this referendum passes, it would institute discrimination against undocumented immigrants on a wide range of human rights issues.
Stay tuned on this page for more campaign updates!