The Justice System Is Stacked Against Refugees

Letters to the Editor: How we the people are letting Trump destroy our democracy

Published 3:05 pm, Friday, October 19, 2017

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President Trump’s election brought on a year of chaos and conflict within the United States of America. More than 4 million people have now fled their native lands, in search of safe haven while their leaders stand idly by as the United States of America becomes a less safe place for the people of our country to live. As these millions of families flee their homes, there is an alarming increase in violence, with gun deaths and hate crimes going up. While many are leaving behind violent crimes, the majority of refugees come from countries that have a history of human rights abuse. These refugees, on their first night in the United States, find that our justice system has been rigged against them by the ruling class. Our courts are stacked against refugees; our courts are stacked against the people. They don’t have the rights or the resources to get the justice we deserve. They are not allowed to seek refuge in our courts to defend their human rights violations. The justice system is stacked against them. They are left to fend for themselves, as a violent criminal is thrown in jail, for attempting to claim asylum. More than 100,000 migrants and refugees have been arrested and deported in the year that President Trump has been in office. It is a shocking number, but it still dwarfs the record number of arrests for crimes against persons, in a single year. Since November, more than 100,000 refugees have been arrested. Of the 100,000, 80 percent were under age 18 when they were arrested. Since November of 2016, there have been more than 80,000 arrests in the United States over a year. Most arrests are not criminal but are simply people being deported back to governments that are still trying to cover up the fact that they have committed genocide, murder and war crimes. Most of these arrests were done by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ICE has been accused of violating the law hundreds of times, and of ripping apart families, to send them back. They have been the subject of numerous federal class-action lawsuits that were finally settled out of court, when the government refused to pay the

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